US Pat. No. 10,393,658

GAS ANALYSIS APPARATUS

Infineon Technologies AG,...

26. A gas analysis apparatus, comprising:a gas chamber for receiving a gas to be analysed,
a radiation source configured to emit electromagnetic radiation into the gas chamber, wherein the electromagnetic radiation is configured to selectively excite molecules of a gas to be analysed, and
a sensor configured to detect a physical variable which contains information about a degree of interaction between the electromagnetic radiation emitted by the radiation source and the gas received in the gas chamber,
wherein the radiation source comprises:
an electrically heatable planar radiation element configured to emit electromagnetic radiation and a housing with a first planar housing wall and a second planar housing wall which, therebetween, define and immediately delimit a radiation element receptacle chamber that is separated in a fluid-tight manner from surroundings of the radiation source, in which a lower gas pressure is prevalent in comparison with the normal pressure and in which at least one section of the radiation element is arranged at a distance from at least one of the first housing wall or the second housing wall,
wherein at least one of the first housing wall or the second housing wall is transparent to the electromagnetic radiation that is emittable by the radiation element,
wherein the radiation source has at least one spacer between the first housing wall and the second housing wall, said spacer being completely arranged in the radiation element receptacle chamber, and
wherein the radiation element has at least one passage opening extending in its thickness direction, at least one section of a spacer being arranged in said passage opening.

US Pat. No. 10,393,657

SPR DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An SPR detection method, comprising the following steps:(1) parallel scanning and recording a two-dimensional image of a sensing chip of a corresponding wavelength in an identical step size manner on the whole working spectrum segment;
(2) obtaining a respective resonance wavelength of a corresponding sensing position according to the two-dimensional image and the pixel corresponding to the image;
(3) determining a maximum resonance wavelength and a minimum resonance wavelength among the respective resonance wavelengths;
(4) obtaining a wavelength upper limit of a next-scanning region after moving the maximum resonance wavelength toward a long wavelength direction by a first distance, obtaining a wavelength lower limit of the next-scanning region after moving the minimum resonance wavelength toward a short wavelength direction by a second distance, and determining a next-scanning wavelength range according to the wavelength upper limit and the wavelength lower limit;
(5) determining a next scanning step size within the next-scanning wavelength range;
(6) within the next-scanning wavelength range, rapidly scanning a partial-spectrum region according to the scanning step size determined in step (5) and recording a two-dimensional image corresponding to the scanning spectrum;
(7) repeatedly performing steps (2)˜(6) on the partial-scanning image to generate resonance wavelengths of all the sensing positions at different times and generate a two-dimensional wavelength-sensitive SPR sensing image.

US Pat. No. 10,393,653

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPTICALLY DETECTING A MOVEMENT IN A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft z...

19. An array of detectors wherein:a) each detector of the array of detectors is configured for detecting optical radiation with a detection area which is subdivided into a plurality of detection regions,
b) each detector is configured to form a derivative with respect to time of detection signals of individual detection regions, subsequently to rectify the detection signals, and to sum or to average the differentiated and rectified detection signals of all the detection regions and then to provide them as an output signal,
c) the array of detectors is configured for a parallel optical detection of a respective movement in a plurality of mutually separate biological samples or of a respective movement of a sample component in the plurality of mutually separate biological samples, and
d) each detector is configured for assignment to a corresponding cavity of a multiwell plate or a hanging drop multiwell plate which has a plurality of cavities arranged in rows and columns to receive the plurality of mutually separate biological samples.

US Pat. No. 10,393,649

THZ BOLOMETER DETECTOR

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. A THz bolometer detector comprising:a directional antenna that receives a THz wave, and radiates the received THz wave;
a reception antenna that is provided so as to face the directional antenna;
a bolometer that detects heat generation due to a current flowing in the reception antenna,
a lid member that includes a recess portion; and
a support substrate that is covered with the lid member, and defines an enclosed space in cooperation with the lid member,
wherein the directional antenna overlaps the reception antenna in plan view,
wherein a longitudinal length of the directional antenna is less than a longitudinal length of the reception antenna,
wherein the directional antenna is fixed to a bottom surface of the recess portion, and
wherein the directional antenna, the reception antenna, and the bolometer are provided within the enclosed space.

US Pat. No. 10,393,647

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR AUTOMATICALLY DETERMINING A PARAMETER CAUSING AN ABNORMAL SEMICONDUCTOR METROLOGY MEASUREMENT

KLA-TENCOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A method, comprising:generating, by a metrology tool, an abnormal semiconductor metrology measurement from a semiconductor component fabricated by a semiconductor fabrication process by:
outputting light, by a light system of the metrology tool, to illuminate the fabricated semiconductor component,
capturing, by a collection system of the metrology tool, information describing an interaction of the light with the fabricated semiconductor component,
analyzing, by a processing system of the metrology tool, the information to obtain measurements for the fabricated semiconductor component,
determining, by the metrology tool, one of the measurements as abnormal with regards to a predefined model of the fabricated semiconductor component;
receiving, by a computer processor from the metrology tool, the abnormal semiconductor metrology measurement;
receiving, by the computer processor, an indication of a subset of parameters defined in the predefined model of the fabricated semiconductor component that are each potentially a cause of the abnormal semiconductor metrology measurement;
for each of the parameters in the determined subset of parameters:
adjusting, by the computer processor, a value of the parameter to be outside of a predefined value specified for the parameter in the model of the fabricated semiconductor component,
determining, by the computer processor, a normal spectra response resulting from the adjusted parameter,
comparing, by the computer processor, the normal spectra response to an abnormal spectra associated with the abnormal semiconductor metrology measurement to identify a spectra response difference therebetween;
ranking, by the computer processor, the parameters in the determined subset of parameters, from least to most spectra response difference;
in accordance with the ranking, selecting, by the computer processor, an N number of the ranked parameters in sequence beginning with the parameter corresponding to the least spectra response difference, where N is predefined and is less than a number of all the parameters defined in the model, and
automatically determining, by the computer processor, the cause of the abnormal semiconductor metrology measurement, from the one or more of the selected parameters by:
performing, by the computer processor, regression in association with each of the selected parameters and automatically identifying from the regression one or more of the selected parameters as the at least one parameter of the fabricated semiconductor component causing the abnormal semiconductor metrology measurement; and
providing the determined cause of the abnormal semiconductor metrology measurement for use in facilitating process controls in the semiconductor fabrication process.

US Pat. No. 10,393,642

PILLAR ARRAY STRUCTURE WITH UNIFORM AND HIGH ASPECT RATIO NANOMETER GAPS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of forming a nanopillar array, the method comprising:disposing a hard mask layer on a substrate;
patterning a resist layer into a pattern of the nanopillar array, the resist layer having been disposed on the hard mask layer;
utilizing the resist layer to pattern the hard mask layer into the pattern of the nanopillar array, such that both the resist layer and the hard mask layer have the pattern of the nanopillar array;
patterning the substrate into the pattern of the nanopillar array such that the nanopillar array is formed, wherein the resist layer and the hard mask layer are removed and wherein nanopillars in the nanopillar array have a first gap size in a side-to-side relationship relative to each other; and
reducing the first gap size to a second gap size by disposing an oxide layer on the nanopillar array, wherein reducing the first gap size to the second gap size by disposing the oxide layer on the nanopillar array causes each of the nanopillars to have a uniform shape and causes the second gap size to be uniform throughout the nanopillar array for the side-to-side relationship of the nanopillars.

US Pat. No. 10,393,636

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DESORBING AND DETECTING AN ANALYTE SORBED ON A SOLID PHASE MICROEXTRACTION DEVICE

11. A method for desorbing and detecting an analyte sorbed on the surface of magnetic particles, the method comprising:desorbing at least some of the analyte from the magnetic particles held magnetically in a well and put in contact with an insulated droplet, wherein the desorption solution in the insulated droplet is substantially not flowing to a flow injector;
flushing substantially all of the insulated droplet to the flow injector as a substantially undiluted plug of liquid towards a detector.

US Pat. No. 10,393,624

INFORMATION PROCESSOR SYSTEM FOR MONITORING A COMPLEX SYSTEM

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. An sensor system for monitoring a complex system comprising:at least one sensor placed in a particular location in the complex system and configured to detect one or more physical magnitudes whenever a variation is detected relative to a threshold;
processing circuitry configured to
receive at least one piece of event detection information from the at least one sensor associated with a detection time, a fault flag being associated with the at least one piece of event detection information, where the received at least one piece of event detection information includes a magnitude level of a fault indicated by the fault flag and an initial confidence level;
generate at least one remanent confidence level value that decreases from the initial confidence level over time starting from the detection time, the remanent confidence level value being associated with the fault flag and the magnitude level associated with the received at least one piece of event detection information; and
when a new piece of event detection information is received that is associated with the fault flag and includes an initial confidence level and a same magnitude level as the at least one piece of event detection information, generate an integrated remanent confidence level value for the new piece of event detection information which is based on the initial confidence level that is included in the new piece of event detection information and the remanent confidence level value that exists at a time when the new piece of event detection information is received,
wherein the at least one piece of detection information associated with a detection time is included in a failure message including at least a failure time, the initial confidence level, and a failure identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,393,618

CONTROLLED PULSE GENERATION METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR EVALUATING STICTION IN MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS DEVICES

NXP USA, Inc., Austin, T...

1. A method for testing stiction in Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) devices, the method comprising:loading a MEMS device into a socket provided on a Device-Under-Test (DUT) board of a mechanized test apparatus, the DUT board having a first end portion and a second end portion, the socket being located on the first end portion and a shaft being joined to the second end portion of the DUT board in a rotationally fixed relationship;
after loading the MEMS device into the socket, generating a series of controlled shock pulses transmitted through the MEMS device utilizing the mechanized test apparatus, wherein the generating operation comprises controlling the shaft to move the shaft and the DUT board in a manner that repeatedly directs the MEMS device along a predefined motion path from a start position to a stop position to generate the series of controlled shock pulses, and wherein the controlling operation comprises controlling the mechanized test apparatus to rotate the shaft and the DUT board about a rotational axis to direct the MEMS device along a predefined arcuate motion path, the rotational axis being aligned with and centered at the shaft; and
monitoring an output of the MEMS device to determine whether stiction of the MEMS device occurs during each of the series of controlled shock pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,393,602

TENSION MEASURING DEVICE

1. A tension measuring device, comprising:a probe configured to exert a force upon a test object at a particular location;
a sensor that detects the force that the probe exerts upon the test object; and
a switch that signals the sensor indicating the test object has been displaced a particular distance, such that the sensor measures the force at a time when the test object has been displaced the particular distance and wherein a switch trigger contact is biased to be coupled to the probe until the test object has been displaced the particular distance.

US Pat. No. 10,393,541

AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. An aircraft navigation system comprising:a navigation-map data source, navigation-map data provided by the navigation-map data source including information about a multitude of objects O on earth surface which are of high potential visibility and high potential identifiability from positions elevated relative to the earth surface, each information for an object O?O including a position and a type of the respective object O;
a first system for measuring an actual aircraft position P(t) at time t;
a waypoint data source providing a plurality of waypoints WPi defining an aircraft intended flight track, wherein i is an integer and WPi represents one of the plurality of waypoints;
a second system for selecting per waypoint WPi one object Oi(WPi) with Oi(WPi)?O depending on given selection criteria, wherein Oi(WPi) represents an object Oi selected for the waypoint WPi and is one of the multitude of objects O; and
a display for displaying an information I(Oi(WPi) referring the selected object Oi(WPi), wherein I(Oi(WPi) represents information I referring to the object Oi selected for the waypoint WPi,
wherein a ranking index of each object O?O concerning its potential visibility and potential identifiability is based on at least one of the following:
a relative size of the object O compared to an environment E(O) of the object O;
a visible brightness contrast;
a visible colour contrast between the object O and the environment E(O) of the object O; or
a geometric shape of the object O, and
wherein the selection criteria consider
a distance di,n between a waypoint WPi and positions of neighbouring objects On(WPi) being positioned within a given maximum distance from the respective waypoint WPi, with On?O, wherein n is an integer, On(WPi) is one of objects from the plurality of object O within the given maximum distance from the waypoint WPi, di,n is a distance a given object On and the waypoint WPi, and wherein On is a sub-set of the set O, and/or
the ranking index of the neighbouring objects On(WPi) concerning their potential visibility and potential identifiability.

US Pat. No. 10,393,528

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NAVIGATION PATH DETERMINATION FOR UNMANNED VEHICLES

WING AVIATION LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a computing system, video data showing a demonstration path for navigating a location;
identifying, using the video data, a set of permissible surfaces at the location, wherein each permissible surface was traversed by the demonstration path;
determining a navigation path for a vehicle to follow at the location, wherein the navigation path includes a variation from the demonstration path such that the variation causes the vehicle to stay within one or more permissible surfaces from the set of permissible surfaces; and
causing, by the computing system, the vehicle to follow the navigation path to navigate the location.

US Pat. No. 10,393,518

APPARATUS FOR DETECTING FLOOR-TO-FLOOR HEIGHT OF BUILDING, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A portable apparatus that operates to determine a movement trajectory and a location of the apparatus, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors that operate to:
acquire, using at least an atmospheric pressure sensor configured to cyclically detect an amplitude of atmospheric pressure applied to the apparatus, height information corresponding to a height at which the apparatus is present;
specify, in a case where an amount of change in the acquired height information, the height information being acquired during a period from a predetermined time ago to current time, is larger than a predetermined amount, that the apparatus is in a first state where the apparatus starts moving up or down, and in a case where the amount of change in the height information acquired during the period is smaller than the predetermined amount, that the apparatus is in a second state where the apparatus finishes moving up or down;
detect, in response to a transition of a state, from the first state to the second state, of the apparatus specified by the one or more processors, that the apparatus performs moving up or down corresponding to one floor in a building having one or more floors;
estimate, using the height information acquired by the one or more processors during the detected moving up or down corresponding to the one floor, a floor-to-floor height of the building having the one or more floors where the apparatus is present; and
determine the movement trajectory and the location of the apparatus in the building by one or more of the following:
(i) detecting a change in a movement direction of the apparatus; and
(ii) using the estimated floor-to-floor height of the building to confirm whether the apparatus is located on the one floor or on a floor different from the one floor in the building.

US Pat. No. 10,393,517

LASER SOURCE MODIFICATION TECHNIQUES FOR A LASER-BASED RANGEFINDING OR SPEED MEASUREMENT INSTRUMENT ENABLING INCREASED RANGE WITH IMPROVED ACCURACY

Laser Technology, Inc., ...

1. A rangefinding or speed measurement instrument having an eye-safe laser light transmission section comprising:a laser diode emitting an asymmetric beam pattern;
an exit aperture for directing laser energy from said laser diode toward a target;
a diffuser interposed between said laser diode and said exit aperture;
a spatial filter associated with said diffuser; and
a collimating lens interposed between said diffuser and said exit aperture,
wherein said laser diode comprises a 905 nm pulsed laser diode.

US Pat. No. 10,393,459

MODULAR RECEIVER SYSTEM FOR FIREARMS AND AN ADJUSTABLE AND TOOL-LESS REMOVABLE TRIGGER ASSEMBLY

1. A firearm comprising:a frame defining a trigger assembly receptacle between opposed sidewalls;
a trigger assembly within a housing module, the housing module configured to be received in the trigger assembly receptacle, the housing module including pivot pins;
the housing module defining pin apertures adapted to receive the pivot pins; wherein
the opposed sidewalls do not define corresponding pin apertures and do not receive the pivot pins;
the trigger assembly having a pivoting safety selector;
the housing module comprising an aperture to receive a spring loaded detent assembly adapted to engage the safety selector in a stable rotational position;
wherein the trigger assembly utilizes the safety selector and spring loaded detent assembly to secure the trigger assembly into the frame to enable tool-less assembly and disassembly of the trigger assembly and housing module from the frame;
wherein the opposed sidewalls define a safety selector aperture adapted to receive the safety selector; and
proud and recessed surfaces on the trigger assembly receptacle such that the trigger assembly receptacle can only receive a housing module having corresponding proud and recessed surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,393,457

AMMUNITION MAGAZINE

Magpul Industries Corp., ...

1. An ammunition magazine comprising:a casing with fore and aft sides and two longer lateral sides longer than the fore and aft sides and first or second open ends;
a first notch arranged adjacent to one of the first or second open ends and on the aft side of the casing;
a second notch arranged adjacent to another one of the first or second open ends and on the aft side of the casing; and
a protective cover with a latch configured to flexibly couple into the first notch and the second notch, though not at the same time, thereby removably securing the protective cover to either of the first or second open ends of the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,393,448

PLATE HEAT EXCHANGER

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A plate heat exchanger comprisinga casing that comprises a shell, and a top cover and a bottom cover that are connected to the shell to from an enclosure in the casing,
a fluid separation device,
a number of heat transfer plates that are joined to each other to form a plate stack that is arranged within the enclosure and has alternating first and second flow paths for a first fluid and a second fluid in between the heat transfer plates,
the heat transfer plates having
central openings that form a central space in the plate stack and in which the fluid separation device is arranged, such that a first part of the central opening may act as a fluid inlet and a second part of the central opening may act as a fluid outlet for the first fluid,
first sides that act as a fluid entries for the second fluid, and second sides that are opposite the first sides and act as fluid exits for the second fluid,
an outer dimension of the plate stack is smaller than an inner dimension of the shell, such that a gap is formed between the shell and the plate stack, and
a first fluid blocker and a second fluid blocker are arranged in the gap between the shell and the plate stack, for reducing a flow of the second fluid in the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,393,445

EVAPORATOR

KEIHIN THERMAL TECHNOLOGY...

1. An evaporator comprising:a first upper header;
a first lower header disposed below the first upper header to be parallel to the first upper header;
a plurality of first heat exchange tubes which are disposed between the first upper header and the first lower header and whose upper and lower end portions are connected to the first upper header and the first lower header, respectively;
a first descending flow tube group which is composed of a plurality of the first heat exchange tubes and in which refrigerant flows from an upper side toward a lower side thereof;
a first ascending flow tube group which is composed of a plurality of the first heat exchange tubes, in which the refrigerant flows from a lower side toward an upper side thereof, and which is provided adjacent to the first descending flow tube group;
a first compartment which is provided in the first upper header and with which an upper end portion of the first descending flow tube group communicates;
a second compartment which is provided in the first upper header to be located adjacent to the first compartment, with which an upper end portion of the first ascending flow tube group communicates, and from which the refrigerant flows out toward the first compartment;
a second upper header disposed to be parallel to the first upper header;
a second lower header disposed below the second upper header to be parallel to the second upper header and the first lower header;
a plurality of second heat exchange tubes which are disposed between the second upper header and the second lower header and whose upper and lower end portions are connected to the second upper header and the second lower header, respectively;
a second descending flow tube group which is composed of a plurality of the second heat exchange tubes, in which the refrigerant flows from an upper side toward a lower side thereof, and which is provided next to the first descending flow tube group in an air-passage direction;
a third compartment which is provided in the second upper header and with which an upper end portion of the second descending flow tube group communicates; and
a first flow distribution control section which is provided between the first compartment and the third compartment and which has a first refrigerant passage section for establishing communication between the first compartment and the third compartment,
wherein a first portion of the first refrigerant passage section located on a side toward the second compartment has an area greater than that of a second portion of the first refrigerant passage section located on a side opposite the second compartment,
wherein first tube ends of the first heat exchange tubes of the first descending flow tube group project into the first compartment to an extent that the first tube ends at least partially overlap the first refrigerant passage section when viewed in a direction orthogonal to a plane containing the first upper header and the first lower header, and
wherein second tube ends of the second heat exchange tubes of the second descending flow tube group project into the third compartment to an extent that the second tube ends at least partially overlap the first refrigerant passage section when viewed in a direction orthogonal to a plane containing the second upper header and the second lower header.

US Pat. No. 10,393,441

COOLING TOWER DRIFT ELIMINATOR

SPX Cooling Technologies,...

1. A drift eliminator to remove liquid from a flow of air in a cooling tower, the drift eliminator comprising:a plurality of sheets, each sheet of the plurality of sheets extends between a top of the drift eliminator and a bottom of the drift eliminator;
a vertical plane defined by a plane disposed between two adjacent ones of the plurality of sheets;
an eliminator inlet to receive the flow of air, the eliminator inlet being disposed along the vertical plane and extending from the top of the drift eliminator to the bottom of the drift eliminator;
a plurality of flutes configured to convey the flow of air through the drift eliminator, the plurality of flutes being disposed along the vertical plane and each flute of the plurality of flutes extending from the top of the drift eliminator to the bottom of the drift eliminator;
an eliminator ridge being disposed along the vertical plane and extending from the top of the drift eliminator portion to the bottom of the drift eliminator portion, the eliminator ridge having a first drift wall extending in a first direction across the vertical plane and away from a first face of the vertical plane and the eliminator ridge having a second drift wall extending across the vertical plane again in a second direction and away from second face of the vertical plane, wherein at least a first flute of the plurality of flutes is in fluid communication with the eliminator ridge, at least a second flute of the plurality of flutes being defined by a flute interior surface curving upwards from a flute inlet to a flute outlet; and
a plurality of ribs defined by adjacent flutes of the plurality of flutes, each rib of the plurality of ribs having a rib width extending perpendicularly relative to the vertical plane and having a rib length curving upwards toward the top of the drift eliminator, each rib of the plurality of ribs being an airfoil defined by a rounded forward portion and continuously tapering to an aft edge wherein the plurality of flutes define an eliminator plane; wherein at least one flute of the plurality of flutes includes a respective third drift wall disposed parallel to the eliminator plane and a respective fourth drift wall disposed upon an upper surface of a rib of the plurality of ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,393,440

MOLTEN METAL TEMPERATURE CONTROL METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A molten metal temperature control method comprising:(1) with respect to relations among (a) a spheroidization distance traveled by a molten metal of an alloy discharged from a nozzle of a crucible, with a predetermined nozzle diameter, from a nozzle tip to a position where the molten metal turns into droplets, (b) a temperature of the molten metal inside the crucible, and (c) a pressure acting on the molten metal inside the crucible,
obtaining in advance a relation between the temperature of the molten metal inside the crucible and the spheroidization distance at a predetermined pressure that is the pressure acting on the molten metal inside the crucible, and
setting a predetermined temperature range of the temperature of the molten metal inside the crucible;
(2) measuring the spheroidization distance when discharging the molten metal from the crucible at the predetermined pressure, and
specifying a temperature corresponding to the measured spheroidization distance; and
(3) comparing the specified temperature and the predetermined temperature range, and
controlling the specified temperature so as to be within the predetermined temperature range by adjusting the temperature of the molten metal inside the crucible.

US Pat. No. 10,393,439

APPARATUS FOR REFINING MOLTEN ALUMINUM ALLOYS

Pyrotek, Inc., Spokane, ...

1. A method of mixing flux within a flow of a molten material, at least a portion including aluminum, the method comprising:providing an elongated non-rotating dispensing rod having a hollow interior and a dispensing rim;
positioning the dispensing rim of the dispensing rod adjacent to and downstream from a baffle plate within a flow of molten material;
introducing a flux to the dispensing rod to exit through the dispensing rim;
manipulating the flow of molten material as it flows passed the baffle plate; and
distributing the flux into the flow of molten material after having been manipulated by the baffle plate to increase the distribution area of the flux as it mixes within the flow of molten material.

US Pat. No. 10,393,437

MELTING MATERIAL SUPPLY APPARATUS

AISIN TAKAOKA CO., LTD., ...

1. A melting material supply apparatus combined with a metal melting furnace for melting a melting material supplied to a crucible of the metal melting furnace, the melting material supply apparatus comprising:a melting material supply unit configured to supply a melting material to the crucible and to move between a supplying position for supplying the melting material to the crucible and a retracted position retracted therefrom and apart from the crucible which has been supplied with the melting material;
a furnace lid configured to cover an opening provided at a top of the crucible;
a furnace lid support mechanism configured to support the furnace lid in a horizontal state and to move the furnace lid between a first position at which the furnace lid is placed at the opening to cover the opening and a second position at which the opening is opened to allow a supply of the melting material,
wherein when the furnace lid is in the second position while the melting material supply unit moves from the supplying position to the retracted position, the furnace lid support mechanism moves with the melting material supply unit to move the furnace lid away from the crucible,
the melting material supply unit is provided on a base unit configured to move in a moving direction on a traveling path,
the base unit has a base table portion provided below the melting material supply unit and a furnace lid accommodating portion provided between the base table portion and the melting supply unit,
the furnace lid support mechanism has an arm member provided at the base table portion, said arm member supporting the furnace lid and configured to move in the furnace lid accommodating portion along the moving direction of the base unit, and
the furnace lid protrudes in front of the furnace lid accommodating portion in the first position, is accommodated in the furnace lid accommodating portion in the second position, and is configured to move between the first position and the second position by movement of the arm member.

US Pat. No. 10,393,436

DRYING APPARATUS AND RELATED METHOD

MINEX CRC LTD, Kensingto...

1. A method for drying a sample of geological material having a substantial moisture content, the method comprising:providing a flow of heated fluid for flowing through a passage from an upstream end toward an end downstream thereof, the flow of heated fluid being introduced into a portion of the passage in a tangential manner, and
managing a thermal state of the flow of heated fluid so as to facilitate, in a rapid or expeditious manner, a reduction of the moisture content of a portion of the sample of material which becomes exposed to the flow of heated fluid while preserving one or more signature characteristics of the minerology of the portion.

US Pat. No. 10,393,425

REFRIGERATOR AND DOOR OPENING AND CLOSING APPARATUS FOR REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet that defines a storage space;
a main-door configured to open and close at least a portion of the storage space, the main-door defining a door storage space;
a sub-door configured to open and close at least a portion of the door storage space;
a restraint device that protrudes from a rear surface of the sub-door;
a latch device that is located at the main-door and that is configured to receive the restraint device and selectively restrict movement of the restraint device from the latch device; and
an operation device located at the sub-door and configured to, based on operation by a user, release the restraint device from the latch device,
wherein the latch device comprises:
a latch configured to rotate about a first rotation shaft and restrict movement of the restraint device from the latch based on rotation of the latch about the first rotation shaft,
a stopper that extends from a second rotation shaft located vertically below the first rotation shaft in an upward direction toward an upper end of the latch, the stopper being configured to rotate about the second rotation shaft and engage a side of the latch to limit movement of the latch, an upper end of the stopper being located vertically above the upper end of the latch,
a pusher located at an upper side of the latch and configured to, based on operation of the operation device, push an upper portion of the stopper located vertically above the upper end of the latch to cause the stopper to rotate about the second rotation shaft, and
an elastic member connected to the latch and to the stopper, and configured to provide force to allow the latch and the stopper to contact each other,
wherein the pusher is configured to, based on the user operating the operation device to open the sub-door, push the upper portion of the stopper to rotate the stopper about the second rotation shaft in a rotation direction, and
wherein the latch is configured to, based on the rotation of the stopper about the second rotation shaft in the rotation direction, rotate about the first rotation shaft in the rotation direction of the stopper and release restraint between the latch and the stopper.

US Pat. No. 10,393,420

REFRIGERATION SYSTEM WITH BRUSHLESS DC MOTOR COMPRESSOR DRIVE

Hill Phoenix, Inc., Cony...

1. A refrigeration system for a temperature-controlled storage device, comprising:a refrigeration circuit including a compressor driven by a brushless DC motor operable at multiple different speeds, a first heat exchanger, an expansion device, and a cooling unit in fluid communication via a first working fluid;
a cooling circuit including a pump and a second heat exchanger in fluid communication with the first heat exchanger via a second working fluid such that the first heat exchanger is liquid-cooled by the second working fluid, the cooling circuit further including a valve operable to modulate a flow rate of the second working fluid through the first heat exchanger; and
a controller configured to operate the brushless DC motor at multiple different speeds to accommodate multiple different thermal loads experienced by the refrigeration system, each of the speeds corresponding to a different thermal load, wherein the controller is configured to modulate a speed of the brushless DC motor to maintain a desired temperature of a temperature-controlled space within the temperature-controlled storage device, and the controller is configured to operate the valve to maintain a desired pressure of the first working fluid at the inlet of the first heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,393,419

AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air-conditioning apparatus, includinga compressor, a refrigerant flow switching valve, a heat source side heat exchanger, a first expansion valve, and an intermediate heat exchanger, where the compressor, the refrigerant flow switching valve, the heat source side heat exchanger, the first expansion valve, and the intermediate heat exchanger are connected via refrigerant pipes, that constitutes a refrigerant circuit, and
a heat medium circuit, constituted by a pump, the intermediate heat exchanger, and a use side heat exchanger, where the pump, the intermediate heat exchanger, and the use side heat exchanger are connected via pipes, the air-conditioning apparatus comprising:
a second expansion valve provided between an upstream side of the heat source side heat exchanger and a downstream side of the first expansion valve during a heating operation;
an accumulator configured to accumulate excess refrigerant provided on an upstream side of the compressor;
a suction injection pipe, having one end connected on an upstream side of the second expansion valve during the heating operation, and another end connected to a flow channel between a suction side of the compressor and the accumulator;
a third expansion valve provided to the suction injection pipe;
a discharge refrigerant temperature detector configured to detect a discharge refrigerant temperature of the compressor;
a suction pressure detector configured to detect a pressure (Ps) of the refrigerant suctioned into the compressor;
a medium pressure detector configured to detect a refrigerant pressure or a refrigerant saturation temperature at a position between an upstream side of the second expansion valve and the downstream side of the first expansion valve or the intermediate heat exchanger during the heating operation; and
a controller configured to control an opening degree of the second expansion valve based on a detection result (PM) of the medium pressure detector, and to control an opening degree of the third expansion valve based on a detection result of the discharge refrigerant temperature detector, the detection result (PM) of the medium pressure detector and a detection result (Ps) of the suction pressure detector;
wherein,
a refrigerant having a higher discharge refrigerant temperature than R410A is circulated as refrigerant inside the refrigerant pipes,
the controller computes a quality of the refrigerant suctioned into the compressor based on the opening degree of the second expansion valve, the opening degree of the third expansion valve, the detection result (PM) of the medium pressure detector, and the detection result (Ps) of the suction pressure detector,
in a case where the third expansion valve is controlled at a first opening degree that is based on the detection result of the discharge refrigerant temperature detector, when the quality becomes less than a predetermined value, the controller decreases the opening degree of the third expansion valve to a second opening degree that is smaller than the first opening degree such that refrigerant having the quality equal to or greater than 0.9 and less than or equal to 0.99 is suctioned into the compressor, and
the controller is configured to
obtain, by using a table expressing a refrigerant pressure to enthalpy relationships, an enthalpy H1 that corresponds to the detection result (Ps) and an enthalpy H2 that corresponds to the detection result (Ps), and
calculate the quality Xs according to the following formulas,
G1?LEVa?PM?Ps,
G2?LEVb?PM?Ps,
G1×H1+G2×H2=(G1+G2)×H3,Xs=(H3?H2)/(H1?H2)
where LEVa is the opening degree of the second expansion valve,
LEVb is the opening degree of the third expansion valve,
G1 is a refrigerant flow rate flowing out from the accumulator,
H1 is an enthalpy of refrigerant flowing out from the accumulator,
G2 is a refrigerant flow rate passing through the third expansion valve,
H2 is an enthalpy of refrigerant passing through the third expansion valve,
G3 is a refrigerant flow rate suctioned into the compressor,
H3 is an enthalpy of refrigerant suctioned into the compressor,
PM is the detection result of the medium pressure detector,
Ps is the detection result of the suction pressure detector, and
Xs is the quality.

US Pat. No. 10,393,415

SOLAR ENERGY-STORAGE COOLER AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

PTGHS, LLC, Fraser, CO (...

1. A solar energy-storage cooler, comprising:a mobile thermally insulating housing that defines an interior, an opening for access to said interior, and including a lid movable between a closed position that seals said opening and an open position for access to said interior;
at least one solar power source configured to convert solar energy to electrical energy, said solar power source supported by said housing, and
an energy storage device supported by said housing, comprising:
an energy storage component for the storage of electrical energy and characterized by a state of charge representative of an amount of energy stored within said energy storage component and by an energy storage rate into and out of said energy storage component;
at least one power input through which electrical energy is transferable from the solar power source at least for storage within the energy storage component;
at least one power input through which electrical energy is transferable into said solar energy-storage cooler at least for storage within the energy storage component;
at least one power output through which electrical energy is transferable out of said solar energy-storage cooler at least from the energy storage component; and
a processor configured for at least one of (i) determining an estimate of time until the state of charge at least reaches one or more particular levels at least based on the state of charge in conjunction with the energy storage rate and for generating an indication of the estimate, (ii) cooperating with an external computing device for determining said estimate, and (iii) cooperating with said external computing device for generating said indication,
wherein said solar power source provides electrical energy at a rate that is responsive to an environmental factor and said estimate of time is based, at least in part, on a prediction of said environmental factor.

US Pat. No. 10,393,408

AIR CONDITIONER

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air conditioner, comprising:a refrigeration circuit, wherein the refrigeration circuit includes a compressor that discharges a refrigerant, an outdoor heat exchanger, a decompression valve, and an indoor heat exchanger; and
a top-flow type outdoor unit, wherein the outdoor heat exchanger is provided in the top-flow type outdoor unit, and wherein the outdoor heat exchanger comprises:
a first heat exchange section having a first liquid-side header pipe, a first gas-side header pipe, and first heat exchange pipes;
a second heat exchange section having a second liquid-side header pipe, a second gas-side header pipe, and second heat exchange pipes, wherein the first heat exchange section and the second heat exchange section are connected in parallel to one another;
a branch section that distributes the refrigerant to the first liquid-side header pipe and the second liquid-side header pipe, and
a flow control section that controls a flow rate of the refrigerant being connected between the first liquid-side header pipe and the branch section, wherein:
the first heat exchange pipes include an upstream group of heat exchange pipes and a downstream group of heat exchange pipes;
the first heat exchange section includes an inter-row connection section that connects the upstream group of heat exchange pipes to the downstream group of heat exchange pipes in parallel,
the downstream group of heat exchange pipes is separate from and downstream of the upstream group of heat exchange pipes,
the inter-row connection section includes a plurality of connection portions, which are partitioned from one another by partition walls,
each of the connection portions connects a heat exchange pipe of the upstream group of heat exchange pipes to a corresponding heat exchange pipe of the downstream group of heat exchange pipes,
refrigerant flows into the first liquid-side header pipe and flows successively through the upstream group of heat exchange pipes, the plurality of connection portions of the inter-row connection section, the downstream group of heat exchange pipes, and the first gas-side header pipe, and
the refrigerant flowing through the upstream group of heat exchange pipes flows in an opposite direction to the refrigerant flowing through the downstream group of heat exchange pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,393,401

DIRECT DRIVE MOTOR INTEGRATED INTO DAMPER BLADE

Air Distribution Technolo...

16. A damper, comprising:a plurality of blades;
a plurality of blade arms, each blade arm of the plurality of blade arms coupled to one of the plurality of blades, wherein each blade arm of the plurality of blade arms comprises a first bearing and a second bearing;
a blade shaft coupled to each blade arm of the blade arms and configured to transfer torque from a first blade arm of the plurality of blade arms to plurality of blade arms;
a motor housing coupled to one of the plurality of blades or one of the plurality of blade arms, wherein the motor housing further comprises a keyed shaft, and the keyed shaft of the motor housing is coupled to a frame through an aperture having a matching shape to the keyed shaft;
a gearbox coupled to the motor housing and the one of the plurality of blade arms and
a support coupled to the one of the plurality of blades or the one of the plurality of blade arms and to the motor housing, wherein the support is configured to secure the motor housing to the one of the plurality of blades or the one of the plurality of blade arms to enable rotation of the motor housing with the one of the plurality of blades or the one of the plurality of blade arms.

US Pat. No. 10,393,399

TARGETED CLEAN AIR DELIVERY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An air purification system comprising:an air purification apparatus that includes
(a) an air inlet,
(b) an air outlet for expelling air in a target direction into a region, wherein the air outlet includes an adjustment mechanism arranged to adjust said target direction in response to a target direction adjustment signal for aiming the air outlet at the face of a person in said region,
(c) at least one pollutant removal structure disposed in between the air inlet and the air outlet, and
(d) an air displacement apparatus for displacing air from the air inlet to the air outlet through the at least one pollutant removal structure;
a breathing sensor adapted to determine a breathing parameter of the person, wherein the breathing parameter comprises at least an inhalation or an exhalation phase of a breathing cycle of the person at which the air outlet is aimed, wherein the air purification apparatus is configured to expel said air via the air outlet as a function of said breathing parameter; and
a controller coupled to the air outlet and/or the air displacement apparatus, wherein responsive to the breathing parameter determined via the breathing sensor, the controller is arranged to increase an air flow rate and/or reduce the air flow rate of air expelled in the target direction, further comprising a suction device including:
a suction port arranged to capture air exhaled by the person, said suction port including (i) a suction device and (ii) at least one sensor including the breathing sensor adapted to determine the breathing parameter of the person arranged in said suction port, said at least one sensor being arranged to monitor an analyte of interest in the captured air exhaled by the person; and
a monitoring device arranged to monitor vital signs of the person from sensor data provided by the at least one sensor as the breathing parameter, wherein the air purification apparatus is configured to expel said air as a function of the vital signs monitored by said monitoring device, wherein the at least one sensor is at least one of: an O2 sensor, a relative humidity sensor and a gas temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,393,398

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING USE OF PLUG-IN AIR CONDITIONERS AND PORTABLE HEATERS

EcoFactor, Inc., Redwood...

1. An apparatus for controlling a window-mounted air conditioner comprising:a load control device comprising at least one microprocessor configured to control the connection or disconnection of electric power to said window-mounted air conditioner, said at least one microprocessor further configured to obtain temperature measurements and communicate over a network;
a remote server capable of sending messages to and receiving messages from said load control device, and capable of receiving messages from a utility to reduce electricity demand;
wherein said messages sent from said load control device to said remote server comprise said temperature measurements;
wherein said messages sent from said remote server to said load control device comprise commands to disconnect electric power from said window-mounted air conditioner; and
wherein said load control device is plugged into an electric outlet within the space controlled by said window-mounted air conditioner;
wherein said remote server receives said temperature measurements;
and
wherein said remote server determines whether said window-mounted air conditioner has been connected or disconnected from power during a specific time period at least in part based on said temperature measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,393,397

DYNAMIC CLIMATE CONTROL ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A method for controlling a climate, the method comprising:detecting that a first wearable device has connected to a network, wherein the first wearable device is an accessory or an article of clothing incorporating a computer and wherein the first wearable device includes wearable sensors and user preferences, wherein the user preferences comprise age of a user, a user preferred temperature, and a user preferred humidity, and wherein the wearable sensors comprise a sensor to determine a location of the user, a sensor to determine a surrounding climate, and a sensor to determine metabolic data of the user;
receiving the user preferences from the first wearable device;
identifying a set point corresponding to a climate parameter, wherein the climate parameter determined from the user preferences;
receiving climate information corresponding to the climate parameter from one or more sensors;
determining whether the climate information is within a threshold percentage of the set point; and
based on determining that the climate information is not within the threshold percentage of the set point, adjusting the set point.

US Pat. No. 10,393,375

PRESSURIZED OXYCOMBUSTION PROCESS

ITEA S.P.A., Milan (IT)

1. An oxycombustion process wherein a combustor is fed with a fuel, a comburent, and compounds, the compounds having a form of coherent aggregates and comprising a Young modulus ?104 MPa and sizes higher than 75 ?m for at least 60% by weight of granulometric distribution,wherein the aggregates have the above properties when the aggregates are introduced into the combustor, and wherein an amount of aggregates with respect to fuel ashes, which are generated by the combustion process, ranges from ?5% in % by weight up to at most 1:1 by weight, the combustor being isothermal and flameless.

US Pat. No. 10,393,371

GAS BURNER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

11. A burner unit, comprising:a central body having a flame crown disposed thereon;
an outer body disposed around the central body, the outer body having inner and outer flame crowns disposed on opposite sides thereof;
first and second lobes extending outwardly from the outer body, wherein the first and second lobes each include a flame crown disposed thereon;
a first valve fluidly coupled to the flame crown of the central body portion by a first supply line, wherein the first valve is selectively operable between open and closed positions;
a second valve fluidly coupled to the inner flame crown of the outer body portion by a second supply line, wherein the second valve is selectively operable between open and closed positions;
a third valve fluidly coupled to the outer flame crown of the outer body portion by a third supply line, wherein the third valve is selectively operable between open and closed positions;
a fourth valve fluidly coupled to the flame crown of the first lobe and fluidly coupled to the flame crown of the second lobe, wherein the fourth valve is selectively operable between open and closed positions;
a first valve control assembly configured to independently control the first and second valves between the open and closed positions; and
a second valve control assembly configured to independently control the third and fourth valves between the open and closed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,393,367

MULTI-ANGLE SLUDGE LANCE

BWXT Nuclear Energy, Inc....

1. A sludge lancing system for use in a steam generator including a no tube lane disposed between a first bank of tubes and a second bank of tubes that are transverse to a horizontal reference plane, comprising:a rail that extends through the no tube lane and includes a longitudinal center axis that is parallel to the reference plane; and
a first lancing head, comprising:
a body defining a conduit;
a nozzle assembly that is mounted to the body and is pivotable with respect to the body about an axis of rotation, the nozzle assembly including a manifold defining a conduit that is in fluid communication with the conduit of the body, a first nozzle that is mounted to the manifold and defines a conduit that generates a lancing fluid jet; and
a second nozzle that is mounted to the manifold and defines a conduit that generates a lancing fluid jet, the first nozzle and the second nozzle defining an acute angle therebetween,
wherein a longitudinal center axis of the conduit of the first nozzle and a longitudinal center axis of the second nozzle lie in a first vertical plane that is transverse to the longitudinal center axis of the rail so that the lancing fluid jets of the first nozzle and the second nozzle are disposed in the first vertical plane when the manifold is pivoted about the axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,393,364

ILLUMINATED MOUSE PAD STRUCTURE WITH SEPARABLE CONTROL MODULE

HADES-GAMING CORPORATION,...

1. A mouse pad structure, comprising:a pad;
a light source module installed in the pad;
a control member disposed corresponding to the pad; and
a bendable wire, one end of the bendable wire being electrically connected to the light source module, the other end of the bendable wire being electrically connected to the control member, the bendable wire being provided for adjusting a distance between the control member and the pad,
wherein a recess is formed at one side of a bottom of the control member adjacent to the bendable wire, the bendable wire has a plurality of bent sections, and the bendable wire is collapsed and received inside the recess by means of the bent sections.

US Pat. No. 10,393,358

ROTARY LIGHT MODULE

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A light module for a motor vehicle comprisingat least one light source that emits light rays,
at least one support bearing said light source,
at least one optical deflection element that deflects the light rays emitted by the at least one light source to form a light beam projected at an output of the light module,
guiding elements that guide the optical deflection element in rotation about an axis of rotation, in order to shift the projected light beam transversely,
wherein the guiding elements comprise a first guiding element borne by the support and which cooperates with a second guiding element borne by the optical deflection elements,
wherein the second guiding element comprises at least one pin secured to the optical deflection elements, and
wherein the at least one pin includes a smooth cylindrical outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,393,357

COMBINATION BUILT-IN AIR FLOW MECHANISM, GROW LIGHTING AND BUG KILLER

WLC Enterprises, Inc., S...

1. The combination air recirculation, light fixture and bug removal apparatus comprising:a housing, the housing comprising a fan chamber and a separate air chamber;
a fan positioned within the fan chamber of the housing, said fan supported by a fan support wherein said fan is configured to propel air into the air chamber;
an LED light fixture positioned within the air chamber, wherein the fan operates to direct air from the fan chamber into the air chamber such that a portion of the air is propelled about the LED lighting fixture to dissipate heat from the LED light fixture, the LED light fixture emits light having a wave length in a range between 400 nanometers to 500 nanometers and between 600 to 700 nanometers;
a diffuser in the fan chamber to direct air from the fan chamber to the air chamber;
an electric bug killing apparatus positioned in the air chamber;
a filter positioned within the air chamber of the housing; and
a lens affixed to the housing to form part of the air chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,393,343

LIGHT FLUX CONTROL MEMBER, LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, AND AREA LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

ENPLAS CORPORATION, Sait...

1. A light flux controlling member configured to control distribution of light emitted from a light-emitting element, the light flux controlling member comprising:an incidence surface that is an interior surface of a recess formed to intersect a central axis of the light flux controlling member on a rear side of the light flux controlling member, the incidence surface being configured to allow incidence of light emitted from the light-emitting element;
an emission surface formed to intersect the central axis on a front side of the light flux controlling member, the emission surface being configured to emit, to outside, light incident on the incidence surface; and
an annular groove part formed outside the incidence surface on the rear side to surround the central axis, wherein:
the annular groove part includes:
an outer inclined surface tilted such that a distance of the outer inclined surface from the central axis increases toward the rear side, and
an inner surface disposed on an inner side relative to the outer inclined surface with respect to the central axis,
the outer inclined surface is tilted at an angle at which at least a part of light which has entered the light flux controlling member from the incidence surface and has been fresnel-reflected by the emission surface is reflected in a direction away from the central axis, and
the inner surface includes a plurality of retro-reflection parts configured to reflect the light which has entered the light flux controlling member from the incidence surface toward the incidence surface to pass through the incidence surface.

US Pat. No. 10,393,339

VEHICLE HEAD LAMP

Koito Manufacturing Co., ...

1. A vehicle head lamp comprising:a plurality of lamps arranged in parallel with each other and each including a light source that emits light irradiated to a forward and a heat sink that radiates heat generated from the light source;
a blower; and
a lamp housing configured to accommodate the plurality of lamps and the blower,
wherein each of the plurality of lamps includes a first lamp disposed in a blowing direction where air is blown by the blower, and a second lamp disposed on a flow path of the air flowing through the first lamp, and
the blower includes an air suction space into which the air flowing through the second lamp is sucked.

US Pat. No. 10,393,338

HEADLIGHT AND HOUSING END CAP

1. A headlight housing for adapting a filament headlamp configured motor vehicle to accept a projection headlamp lamp assembly, comprising:a forward divergent end portion having a beam reflector extending rearwardly from a shouldered portion, and a mounting portion having a front face and an aft face and a sidewall defining a cavity dimensioned to receive a projector of the projection headlamp assembly;
an aft cylindrical portion extending from the aft face of the mounting portion, wherein an interior cavity of the aft cylindrical portion is dimensioned to receive a base of the projection headlamp assembly; and
an annular rim defined around the shouldered portion configured to receive a halo lamp of the projection lamp assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,393,336

LIGHTING APPARATUS FOR AUTOMOBILE

HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd., ...

1. A lighting apparatus for an automobile, comprising:a light source configured to emit light beams upwardly;
a reflector located above the light source and configured to reflect light beams from the light source forwardly; and
a light guide configured to guide light beams from the light source forwardly,
wherein the light guide comprises a grooved top surface configured to diffuse light beams in the light guide and a bottom surface inclined with respect to the grooved top surface such that the light guide is tapered along a forward direction,
wherein the light guide further comprises a light receiving surface placed in front of the light source such that the light source is blocked by the light guide when viewed in a backward direction from the front of the light guide,
wherein the light source is arranged such that a light beam from the light source emitted in a first emitting angle proceeds toward the reflector and further such that a light beam from the light source emitted in a second emitting angle is incident to the light guide,
wherein the light guide is spaced from the reflector with a space therebetween such that the light beam emitted in the first emitting angle proceeds to the reflector through the space, is reflected by the reflector, and then proceeds forwardly without passing through the light guide while the light beam emitted in the second emitting angle proceeds through the light guide.

US Pat. No. 10,393,334

DAYLIGHTING MEMBER, DAYLIGHTING DEVICE, AND INSTALLATION METHOD FOR DAYLIGHTING MEMBER

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A daylighting member, comprising:a first base having optical transparency;
a plurality of daylighting portions constituted by a plurality of polygonal prism structures that have optical transparency and are provided on a first surface of the first base, and
gaps provided between the plurality of daylighting portions, wherein
each of the polygonal prism structures is a polygon that has five or more vertexes in a sectional shape orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the polygonal prism structure and has all interior angles less than 180°,
the polygon has a first side that is a side of the polygon corresponding to a surface in contact with the first base of the polygonal prism structure, and a plurality of vertexes including a first vertex and a second vertex that are vertexes corresponding to both ends of the first side, and a third vertex that is not positioned on the first side,
a length of a line perpendicular to the first side passing the third vertex is longer than lengths of lines perpendicular to the first side passing vertexes other than the third vertex among the plurality of vertexes,
a shape of the polygon is asymmetrical with the line perpendicular to the first side passing the third vertex as a center,
an angle a formed by a side opposite a fourth vertex with respect to the line perpendicular to the first side passing the third vertex, and the first surface of the base satisfies a range of a formula (1):

an angle c formed by a side between the third vertex and the fourth vertex and the first surface of the base satisfies a range of a formula (2):
[Math. 2]
c??nc  (2)
and an angle d formed by a side closer to the second vertex than the fourth vertex and the first surface of the base satisfies a range of a formula (3):

where among vertexes positioned on the same side as the second vertex with respect to the line perpendicular to the first side passing the third vertex, a vertex closest to the third vertex is the fourth vertex, n represents a refractive index of the first base and the polygonal prism structure, and ?nc represents a critical angle at an interface between a medium having a refractive index of n and a medium having a refractive index of 1.0, and
wherein a fifth vertex exists as a vertex closest to the first vertex among vertexes positioned on the same side as the first vertex with respect to the line perpendicular to the first side passing the third vertex.

US Pat. No. 10,393,333

DAYLIGHTING DEVICE AND DAYLIGHTING SYSTEM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A daylighting device installed to face window glass, the daylighting device comprising:at least one daylighting member including
a light-transmissive base member, and
a plurality of light-transmissive daylighting units disposed adjacent to each other in at least one surface of the light-transmissive base member,
at least one shielding member hanging down from the at least one daylighting member; and
a movable unit that moves such that the at least one surface follows a movement of the sun to turn toward an orientation of the sun,
wherein the at least one daylighting member has a first stripe shape along a first direction which is a vertical direction of the window glass, and
the at least one shielding member has a second stripe shape along the first direction,
wherein the at least one daylighting member is a plurality of daylighting members, and
the plurality of daylighting members is disposed continuously in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction,
wherein in a case in which a width of one of the plurality of daylighting members is w, an orientation of the sun with respect to the one of the plurality of daylighting members is ?, and a first distance between the plurality of daylighting members is l, l=w+w sin ? tan ? is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,393,331

LAMP AND ILLUMINATED HARDSCAPE

Hartman Design, Inc., We...

1. A lamp configured for mounting on a structure formed of a plurality of discrete elements stacked one atop another, said lamp comprising:a plate configured to be received between at least two of the discrete elements so that contact between the plate and the two discrete elements retains the lamp in position on the structure; the plate having a substantially planar top side and a substantially planar underside; the plate having a length and a width each substantially larger than a thickness of the plate between the top side and the underside;
a lighting element mounted on the underside of the plate and comprising a light source configured to direct light in at least a first direction perpendicular to the underside; and
a flange extending in the first direction and configured to block the light from the light source in a second direction, the second direction being substantially perpendicular to the first direction and extending away from the two discrete elements when the lamp is mounted on the structure, wherein the plate and the flange are integrally formed from a single piece of metal.

US Pat. No. 10,393,325

MULTIPURPOSE DISASTER SAFETY LANTERN

THE GREEN GROWTH CO., LTD...

1. A multipurpose disaster safety lantern comprising:a top body in which a lighting light emitting diode (LED) is accommodated, and which has a reflective guide and a lens configured to direct a light beam radiated from the lighting LED, and is formed of rubber having elasticity;
an air discharge protrusion which is arranged on a side surface of the top body to communicate with a space between a front surface of the top body and the lens and is formed of rubber having elasticity, and an inside of which is empty;
a main body which is coupled to the top body and which forms a body of the lantern; and
at least one first LED bar provided on a surface of the main body along a longitudinal direction of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,393,323

LED LIGHT TUBE ADAPTER KIT FOR TROFFERS

1. An adapter kit, comprising:a light tube having electrical connector prongs at a connector end;
a troffer fixture;
a non-powered adjustment clip mechanically connected to said troffer fixture;
an AC powered adjustment strip mechanically attached to said troffer fixture;
a retention clip capable of mechanically attaching a first end of said light tube to said non-powered adjustment clip;
a tombstone fixture electrically connected to said powered adjustment strip, said tombstone fixture for mechanically retaining a powered end of said light tube and for transferring AC electrical power from said powered adjustment strip to said connector prongs;
a fastener for attaching said tombstone fixture to said powered adjustment strip; and
HOT and NEUTRAL line conductors for supplying HOT and NEUTRAL line voltages to said powered adjustment strip;
wherein said tombstone fixture includes:
a base structure;
a front housing having an opening and an upper slot that allows said connector prongs to pass to said opening;
a rear housing attached to said front housing;
a rotatable retention element at said opening and held captive between said front and rear housings, said rotatable retention element for retaining said connector prongs such that said connector end is mechanically supported;
a HOT electrical contact between said front and rear housings;
a NEUTRAL electrical contact between said front and rear housings; and,
a fastener for mechanically attaching said base structure to said powered adjustment clip, said fastener further for provide electrical communication between said HOT electrical contact and said HOT line voltage and between said NEUTRAL electrical contact and said NEUTRAL line voltage;
wherein said rotatable retention element is capable of traveling in an arcuate path to provide electrical communication between said conductive prongs and said HOT electrical contact and said NEUTRAL electrical contact.

US Pat. No. 10,393,322

LED LAMP AND ASSEMBLING METHOD THEREOF

GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LL...

1. An LED lamp, comprising:a base;
a lamp body coupled to the base;
a light emitting assembly arranged inside the lamp body;
a positioning component fixed on the lamp body and defining a groove;
a driver board electrically connected with the light emitting assembly;
a mechanism including:
a flexible component having a fixed end attached to the lamp body and a free end;
a slot for locking the free end of the flexible component to secure the driver board;
wherein the mechanism is configured to cause an elastic deformation of the flexible component when the driver board makes contact with the flexible component while sliding in the groove; and
wherein the mechanism is configured cause the elastic deformation to disappear when the driver board is in a position where the free end of the flexible component makes contact with the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,393,320

METHOD OF FORMING A COMPONENT MODULE

Molex, LLC, Lisle, IL (U...

1. A method of forming a component module, comprising:providing a base, the base being electrically conductive;
providing an insulative layer on the base, wherein a first area is substantially free of the insulative layer;
providing a first trace and a second trace on the insulative layer, the first and second traces extending from adjacent the first area;
positioning a die on the first area;
electrically connecting the die to the first and second traces; and
providing a protective layer over the die.

US Pat. No. 10,393,318

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING PRESSURIZED FLUID

1. A device for supplying pressurized fluid, comprising a first functional assembly comprising a cylinder of pressurized fluid equipped with an orifice in which a first valve is fixed, the cylinder comprising a protective bonnet protecting the first valve and rigidly fixed to the cylinder the first valve comprising an internal fluid circuit comprising an isolation shutter, the device comprising a second valve forming a separate physical entity from the first valve, the second valve being equipped with an internal fluid circuit, the second valve comprising a mobile actuating member for actuating the isolation shutter of the first valve so as to cause the latter to open or to close, the first valve and the second valve comprising respective attachment members forming a male/female quick-connection system for removably connecting the second valve to the first valve, when the second valve is in the position in which it is connected to the first valve, the second valve being partially housed in the bonnet, wherein the first assembly comprises at least one electronic data storage and communications member that can be interrogated remotely and wirelessly using electromagnetic waves, and in that the second valve comprises at least one electronic data reading and communications member for reading, remotely, wirelessly and using electromagnetic waves, the data of the electronic member of the first assembly, the at least one electronic communications member of the first assembly being secured to the bonnet, or is arranged on or around the first valve or is fixed to the cylinder, the second valve, comprising a remote data transmission member comprising data acquisition and processing logic electronics and a data emission antenna for emitting data in the form of electromagnetic radio waves, said logic electronics being connected to or incorporated into the electronic reading and communications member of the second valve and configured to receive data coming from the electronic reading and communications member and to transmit these data remotely.

US Pat. No. 10,393,316

DEVICE FOR CHECKING LEAKAGE OF LIVE STEAM FROM STEAM TRAP

1. A device for checking a leakage of live steam from a steam trap, the device comprising:a body which has a pipe shape having an inlet end portion connected to the steam trap and an outlet end portion opposite to the inlet end portion, allows condensate water from the steam trap to flow into the inlet end portion, and discharges the condensate water to the outlet end portion;
a truncated pyramid part which has a hollow structure, protrudes from a middle portion of the body, and communicates with an interior of the body;
a first steam-water separating means which is formed on an inner surface of the body, and separates re-evaporated steam re-evaporated from the condensate water flowing along the body, wherein the first steam-water separating means comprises:
a first protrusion which protrudes downward from an upper side of an inner surface of the body so as to be disposed adjacent to the inlet end portion, and induces steam-water separation of the re-evaporated steam from the condensate water,
a second protrusion which protrudes upward from a lower side of the inner surface of the body at a distance from the first protrusion toward the outlet end portion, and separates the re-evaporated steam from the condensate water,
a third protrusion which protrudes downward from a portion, where the inner surface of the body and an inner surface of the truncated pyramid part abut each other, at a distance from the second protrusion toward the outlet end portion, and separates the re-evaporated steam from the condensate water, and
a fourth protrusion which protrudes upward from the lower side of the inner surface of the body so as to be adjacent to the outlet end portion at a distance from the third protrusion, and separates the re-evaporated steam from the condensate water;
a second steam-water separating means which is formed on an inner surface of the truncated pyramid part, and separates re-evaporated steam which is separated by the first steam-water separating means and flows upward to an upper side of the truncated pyramid part; and
a temperature measuring means which is installed at the upper side of the truncated pyramid part so as to be positioned in the truncated pyramid part, and checks whether the live steam leaks from the steam trap by measuring a temperature in an interior of the upper side of the truncated pyramid part and transmitting the temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,393,313

OIL CIRCUIT OF AN AIRCRAFT ENGINE

1. An oil circuit of an aircraft engine, comprising: a tank device, a lubricant pumping device and at least one recirculation pump device,at least one supply line via which oil is supplied from the tank device to at least one load of the aircraft engine and to an accessory gearbox by the lubricant pumping device,
at least one recirculation conduit by which the oil is resupplied to the tank device by the at least one recirculation pump device,
a further recirculation conduit connecting the at least one recirculation conduit to the accessory gearbox,
a valve device that is switchable between at least one open switching state and a closed state, wherein in the open switching state of the valve device oil is supplied to the tank device via the at least one recirculation conduit, and in the closed state of the valve device an oil feed to the tank device via the at least one recirculation conduit is blocked, and oil from the at least one recirculation conduit is supplied to the accessory gearbox via the further recirculation conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,393,312

ARTICULATING COMPONENTS FOR A HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY

RealWear, Inc., Vacouver...

1. A device wearable upon a head of a user, the device comprising:a first assembly including a wearable portion;
an arm having a first end portion connected to the first assembly and a second end portion positioned at an end of the arm opposite to the first end portion;
an output display;
a connector connected to the second end portion of the arm and to the output display, the connector including:
a spherical extension,
a spherical bearing sized and dimensioned to mateably receive at least a portion of the spherical extension,
one of the spherical extension and the spherical bearing being connected to the second end portion of the arm, and
the other of the spherical extension and the spherical bearing being connected to the output display,
wherein the spherical extension and the spherical bearing provide a pivotal connection through which at least one cable passes to the output display, and
wherein movement of the spherical extension within the spherical bearing enables positioning of the output display with respect to a visual field of the user when the device is worn; and
an adjustable ring axially aligned with the spherical extension such that it circumscribes at least a portion of the spherical extension, wherein the adjustable ring, when rotated, increases or decreases friction between the spherical extension and the spherical bearing by adjusting a pressure applied to the spherical bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,393,311

SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

1. A support assembly comprising:a tubular apparatus extending from a first end face to a second end face along a longitudinal axis and having a fixed length measured from the first end face to the second end face, the first end face lying in a first plane that is oriented at a first oblique angle relative to the longitudinal axis and the second end face lying in a second plane that is oriented at a second oblique angle relative to the longitudinal axis, the first and second planes intersecting in a line that is noncoplanar and perpendicular to the longitudinal axis;
a first slot formed into the first end face of the tubular apparatus and a second slot formed into the second end face of the tubular apparatus;
a first end cap comprising a first block element having a planar top surface, the first end cap configured to be coupled to a first portion of a support surface so that the first block element protrudes from the first portion of the support surface;
a second end cap comprising a second block element having a planar top surface, the second end cap configured to be coupled to a second portion of the support surface so that the second block element protrudes from the second portion of the support surface; and
wherein the tubular apparatus is mounted to the first and second end caps so that the first block element is positioned within the first slot and an upper surface of the first slot rests atop the planar top surface of the first block element and the second block element is positioned within the second slot and an upper surface of the second slot rests atop the planar top surface of the second block element.

US Pat. No. 10,393,309

DEVICE FOR FASTENING ACCESSORY PARTS TO A FURNITURE COMPONENT OF A PIECE OF FURNITURE

1. A device for fastening accessory parts to a furniture component of a piece of furniture, comprising:an accessory carrier having at least one mounting interface for fastening without a tool to the furniture component; and
at least one fastening interface for fastening accessory parts to the accessory carrier,
wherein the at least one mounting interface on the accessory carrier includes first and second holding mechanisms by which the accessory carrier is configured to be detachably mounted on an associated mounting section of the furniture component, and wherein the first and second holding mechanisms are configured for positive locking with the associated mounting section;
wherein the first and second holding mechanisms are opposite each other and define between them a receiving space for the associated mounting section of the furniture component, the receiving space extending in a longitudinal direction of the accessory carrier; and
wherein the accessory carrier has a slot that extends transversely to the longitudinal direction of the receiving space and is open towards an edge side of the accessory carrier and that divides the accessory carrier into first and second carrier parts, wherein the carrier parts are moveable relative to each other such that a distance between the first and second holding mechanisms from the mounting of the accessory carrier on the associated mounting section is enlargeable with simultaneous widening of the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,393,308

SYSTEM FOR GENERATING THE MOVEMENT OF A SUPPORT PLATE IN SIX DEGREES OF FREEDOM

1. A system for generating movement of a support plate in a neutral position, substantially parallel to an XY plane defined by an X direction and a Y direction, said system configured to move said support plate in at least one of six degrees of freedom, corresponding, respectively, to an Xi translation along the X direction and a ?X rotation around said X direction, to a Yi translation along the Y direction and a ?Y rotation around said Y direction, to a Zi translation along a Z direction and a ?Z rotation around said Z direction, with the Z direction being orthogonal to said X and Y directions, said system comprising:at least two control stages carrying the support plate, the control stages superimposed in the Z direction and being secured to each other, at least one of said control stages comprising a first control module configured to generate a translational movement of the support plate in only the XY plane, wherein the first control module comprises:
a first lower plate having an upper face;
a first upper plate having a lower face spaced a distance from and opposing the upper face, the first upper plate movingly associated with the support plate;
at least two movement units having a movable portion capable of reciprocal movement along a reciprocating direction, the at least two movement units fixed on the upper face of the first lower plate;
a straight guide rail coupled to the movable portion of each one of said movement units, such that the straight guide rail moves with the reciprocal movement of the movable portion, each straight guide rail having a sliding direction arranged orthogonally to the reciprocating direction; and
a mobile carriage slidably coupled to each one of the straight guide rails and configured to freely slide along the associated straight guide rail in the sliding direction, each carriage coupled to the lower face of the first upper plate, such that reciprocal movement of the movable portions creates the translational movement of the first upper plate and, thereby, translational movement of the support plate.

US Pat. No. 10,393,304

PLASTIC UNION WITH INTEGRAL LOCKING STRUCTURE

MAGIC PLASTICS, INC., Va...

1. A plastic pipe union for attaching a male nipple extending from a device to a piping system, the male nipple comprising external threads and an outwardly facing sealing face, the plastic pipe union comprising:a tail piece configured as a cylindrical conduit having an interior and an exterior, the tail piece having a proximal end and a distal end defining a first central axis, the proximal end comprising a proximal end sealing face which mates against the outwardly facing sealing face of the male nipple, the distal end configured to attach to the piping system;
a biasing means disposed between the proximal end sealing face and the outwardly facing sealing face which compresses as the proximal end sealing face seats against the outwardly facing sealing face of the male nipple;
the tail piece comprising a first outer diameter beginning at the proximal end and extending a first length toward the distal end, the tail piece further comprising a second outer diameter extending a second length to the distal end, wherein the first outer diameter is larger than the second outer diameter, and an outer circumferential shoulder is defined by a transition from the first outer diameter to the second outer diameter;
the outer circumferential shoulder having a longitudinally oriented first engagement surface perpendicular to the first central axis, the longitudinally oriented first engagement surface facing the distal end, the longitudinally oriented first engagement surface comprising a first scalloped surface comprising a first raised section and a first lowered section; and
a cylindrical nut member having a device end and a piping system end, wherein a second central axis is defined there between, the cylindrical nut member comprising internal threads configured to engage the external threads of the male nipple, wherein the cylindrical nut member is adapted to receive the tail piece with the distal end of the tail piece extending outside of the cylindrical nut member through the piping system end, the piping system end comprising an internal circumferential shoulder having a longitudinally oriented second engagement surface perpendicular to the second central axis, the longitudinally oriented second engagement surface in facing relation with the longitudinally oriented first engagement surface, the longitudinally oriented second engagement surface comprising a second scalloped surface having a second raised section and a second lowered section;
wherein the plastic pipe union has a locked position when the internal threads of the nut member are made up onto the external threads of the male nipple and the proximal end sealing face seats against the outwardly facing sealing face thereby causing the longitudinally oriented first engagement surface to come into engaging contact with the longitudinally oriented second engagement surface, with the first raised section abutted against a second lowered section and a first lowered section abutted against a second raised section, and the biasing means compressed between the proximal end sealing face and the outwardly facing sealing face of the male nipple.

US Pat. No. 10,393,303

THREADED FITTING FOR TUBE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A tubing assembly for a lubricating fluid delivery to a bearing system of a gas-turbine engine, comprising: a fitting having an inner surface defining an inner flow path for lubricating fluid and having an outer surface defining a first mating surface, the fitting further comprising threading configured to couple to threading of a bearing housing of the bearing system; and a first tube coupled to the fitting, the fitting disposed within the bearing housing, wherein the bearing housing includes a second mating surface in sealing contact with the first mating surface of the fitting; a seal between the fitting and the bearing housing configured to provide a fluid-tight seal between the fitting and the bearing housing; wherein the first mating surface and the second mating surface are complimentary to one another; and wherein first threading on the first mating surface and second threading on the second surface urges the first mating surface together with the second mating surface in response to rotating the fitting within the bearing housing, wherein the first tube is disposed within a second tube, an outer fluid path defined between the first tube and the second tube, and wherein the fitting is configured to fluidly isolate the inner flow path from the outer fluid path, and wherein a first pressure of a first fluid in the inner flow path is different than a second pressure of a second fluid in the outer fluid path.

US Pat. No. 10,393,302

DOUBLE WALL TUBE BOLTED FLANGE FITTING

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A flange fitting for attaching to double wall tubes, the fitting comprising:a fitting center port extending through the fitting for passing a primary fluid flow;
a plurality of flange fitting mounts spaced radially away from the center port for receiving fasteners;
an inner seal surface and an outer seal surface that are predominantly flat;
a connection surface on a side of the fitting opposing the inner and outer seal surfaces, the connection surface comprising:
an inner sleeve connection protruding from the connection surface surrounding the center port for receiving an inner tube; and
an outer connection protruding from the connection surface surrounding the inner sleeve connection for receiving an outer tube;
a plurality of fluid communication ports for passing a secondary fluid flow, wherein the fluid communication ports extend through the flange fitting from between the inner and outer seal surfaces to the connection surface between the inner sleeve connection and the outer connection; and
a circumferential groove between the inner and outer seal surfaces and radially outboard of the outer connection, wherein the fluid communication ports extend at an angle through the fitting from the groove to a portion of the connection surface located between the inner sleeve connection and the outer connection.

US Pat. No. 10,393,299

QUICK COUPLING FOR FLEXIBLE TUBE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A row crop planter comprising:a frame securable to and towable by a tractor;
wheels on the frame for permitting movement over soil;
at least one storage bin for seeds mounted on the frame;
a plurality of transversely positioned row crop units mounted to the frame for planting seeds in the soil;
and,
a quick coupling including a flexible tube having an outer surface;
wherein the quick coupling is secured to the flexible tube for connecting the flexible tube to the at least one storage bin and individual row crop units, the quick coupling comprising:
an outer annular coupling element having a quick disconnect attachment feature and an inner surface defining a central bore, the inner surface including a convex detent formed therealong; and
an annular insert having at least two arcuate sections forming an outer annular surface received within the central bore and an inner annular surface defining a cavity with a diameter sized to receive an end of the flexible tube, the inner surface including a plurality of spaced barb elements engageable with the outer surface of the flexible tube for retaining the end of the flexible tube within the cavity of the annular insert, the annular insert including a groove on the outer surface thereof,
wherein the convex detent formed along the inner surface of the outer annular coupling is engageable with the groove of the outer annular surface of the annular insert for removably retaining the annular insert within the central bore of the outer annular coupling element,
wherein a space is formed on each side of the convex detent and its corresponding groove when the detent engages the groove in an engaged position, in the engaged position the space is formed between the outer annular coupling element and the annular insert, such that the only contact between the outer annular coupling element and the annular insert is via the engagement of the convex detent and the groove,
wherein each barb element comprises an annular rib with a pointed protrusion angled to hold the flexible tube in place, such that each barb element is positioned against an outer surface of the flexible tube when the annular insert and the flexible tube are in an engaged position, and wherein a space is formed on each side of each barb element between the annular insert and the flexible tube,
wherein the quick disconnect attachment feature is a bayonet coupling comprising male tabs and female slots, and
wherein in the engaged position, an apex of the convex detent is positioned between the plurality of spaced barb elements and the apex abuts the deepest portion of the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,393,296

SEALING GASKET WITH CORRUGATED INSERT FOR SEALING RESTRAINED OR NON-RESTRAINED PLASTIC PIPELINES

1. A pipe sealing gasket designed for receipt within a raceway provided within a female belled socket end of a thermoplastic pipe, whereby fitting the gasket within the raceway allows a mating male pipe having a spigot pipe end to be inserted therein to form a continuous pipe joint, the gasket comprising:a ring shaped elastomeric body having a main body portion formed of rubber which, when viewed in cross section, includes a leading nose region, a lower compression region and a trailing tail region, the leading nose region capable of facing generally towards the female socket end of the pipe once the gasket is inserted within the raceway of the female bell socket end of the pipe;
wherein the leading nose region of the main body portion of the gasket is reinforced by a hard plastic band, the hard plastic band comprising a corrugated ring member formed as a series of interconnected alternating crest and root regions, the hard plastic band being embedded within the leading nose region of the main body portion of the gasket during gasket manufacture;
wherein the alternating crest and root regions define a generally conical area on an exterior region of the hard plastic band and a generally cylindrical area on an interior region of the hard plastic band, the alternating crest and root regions also defining an entire circumference of the hard plastic band, and wherein the hard plastic band has a uniform wall thickness about the entire circumference thereof;
wherein hydraulic pressure due to fluid in the pipe acts upon alternating the crest and root regions of the hard plastic band to push the alternating crest and root regions into tighter engagement with the mating male and female pipe members to prevent extrusion of the gasket from the raceway provided in the female belled socket end of the thermoplastic pipe once a spigot end of a mating male pipe is installed to form a pipe joint and the pipe is conveying fluid; and
wherein the corrugated ring member with its alternating crest and root regions is stretchable from an initial relaxed diameter to an expanded diameter which allows it to be stretched when placed into an injection mold cavity and yet return elastically to an intended diameter as surrounding rubber in the mold cavity shrinks during an injection molding operation.

US Pat. No. 10,393,295

PIPE CONNECTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A pipe connection structure comprising:a first pipe member,
an sealing portion of the first pipe member including a first abutment surface in a tapered shape, a diameter of the first abutment surface being increased toward a tip of the first pipe member, the sealing portion being configured to project radially inward from an inner wall surface of the first pipe member, the inner wall surface being adjacent to the sealing portion; and
a second pipe member, an end of the second pipe member including a second abutment surface in a tapered shape, a diameter of the second abutment surface being reduced toward a tip of the second pipe member, the second abutment surface abutting against the first abutment surface by being pressed, the first abutment surface and the second abutment surface abutting against each other at an abutment section, the abutment section being located on a radially inner side of the inner wall surface of the first pipe member, wherein:
the first pipe member and the sealing portion are constructed as a single piece,
the first pipe member and the second pipe member are connected by being pressed against each other in an axial direction of the first pipe member and the second pipe member, such that the sealing portion is deflected by elastic deformation in the axial direction, and
the sealing portion includes:
a pressure receiving seat section including the first abutment surface and abutting against the second abutment surface;
an apex section being a radially innermost section of the sealing portion, the apex section being adjacent to the pressure receiving seat section and extending in the axial direction of the first pipe member; and
a joint section being adjacent to the apex section, the joint section being located on a side opposite to the pressure receiving seat section across the apex section, and the joint section extending from the radially innermost portion of the inner wall of the inner wall surface at an angle greater than or equal to 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,393,294

HAMMER UNION CONNECTION AND RELATED METHODS OF ASSEMBLY

FMC Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A hammer union comprising:a male sub;
a threaded female sub;
a threaded union nut disposed around abutting ends of the threaded female sub and the male sub;
wherein the abutting end of the threaded female sub comprises:
an outer contact surface substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the threaded female sub, an outermost diameter of the outer contact surface being equidistant as a minor thread diameter of the threaded female sub from the longitudinal axis of the threaded female sub;
an inner contact surface substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the threaded female sub and having a different axial location along the longitudinal axis of the threaded female sub than the outer contact surface;
an intermediate contact surface between the outer contact surface and the inner contact surface, the intermediate contact surface having at least a portion that is both non-parallel and non-perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the threaded female sub; and
a seal pocket formed on an inner surface of the threaded female sub radially inwardly adjacent the inner contact surface; and
wherein the abutting end of the male sub comprises a complementary contact surface configured to be in contact with at least one of the outer contact surface and the intermediate contact surface of the threaded female sub.

US Pat. No. 10,393,291

EXPANDABLE WATER HOSE ASSEMBLY

1. An expandable water hose assembly comprising:a water hose, the water hose comprising:
a flexible outer tube, wherein the flexible outer tube is elastic;
a collapsible water impermeable flexible inelastic inner tube, located inside the outer tube; and
an elastic flexible member, located inside the collapsible water impermeable flexible inelastic inner tube; and
a first and second coupling means;
the flexible outer tube, the collapsible water impermeable flexible inelastic inner tube, and the elastic flexible member being secured at a first end to the first coupling means and at a second end to the second coupling means;
the flexible outer tube, the collapsible water impermeable flexible inelastic inner tube, and the elastic flexible member being movable from a retracted storage configuration to an extended deployed configuration upon application of water pressure within the expandable water hose assembly;
the elastic flexible member being in an untensioned state whilst in the retracted storage configuration and a tensioned state whilst in the extended deployed configuration;
wherein upon removal of the water pressure from within the expandable water hose assembly the elastic flexible member may return to the untensioned state and applies a retracting force to the expandable water hose assembly to urge the collapsible water impermeable flexible inelastic inner tube into the retracted storage configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,393,288

MARINE REEL LAY METHOD PIPELINE INSTALLATION SYSTEM AND METHODS

ITREC B.V., Schiedam (NL...

1. A marine reel lay pipeline installation system for laying on the seabed a pipeline and/or installing a subsea riser including one or more accessories, wherein the system comprises:one or more pipeline storage reels for storage of pipeline to be laid;
a pipeline launch tower, which is adapted to launch the pipeline in a firing line along said tower;
a pipeline guide which is provided at an elevated position, the pipeline guide is adapted to guide the pipeline from a storage reel over the pipeline guide into the firing line,
one or more tensioners, each tensioner comprising a tensioner frame and multiple tracks supported by said tensioner frame, the one or more tensioners being operable between an active pipelaying mode, wherein the firing line extends through the tensioner frame and between the tracks, so that the tracks are positioned to engage the pipeline and to support the pipeline in the firing line, and a retracted mode wherein a clear envelope is created about the firing line;
a hang off device arranged in the lower part of the firing line, adapted to clamp and support the weight of the launched pipeline in the firing line;
an abandonment and recovery (A&R) system comprising at least one A&R cable and associated A&R winch, and an A&R sheave arrangement with one or more sheaves provided at an upper position in the firing line, said one or more sheaves being supported by the pipeline launch tower, adapted to raise, lower and support the weight of the launched pipeline in the firing line;
an auxiliary trolley which is movable along a vertical trolley rail and which is adapted to engage on an accessory in the firing line in the retracted mode of the one or more tensioners;
wherein at least one tensioner frame comprises a first segment and a second segment, each including at least one of said tracks, wherein the first and second segment are each mounted pivotable about a respective first and second vertical segment pivot axis to the pipeline launch tower, the first and second segments being pivotable between a pipelaying position in which the tracks are positioned to engage the pipeline, and an open retracted position, wherein the first and second segments are disconnected and separated, thereby creating a clear envelope about the firing line for passage of an accessory, wherein the trolley rail extends between the first and second vertical segment pivot axes.

US Pat. No. 10,393,287

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THERMALLY ACTUATED FLOW CONTROL

Board of Regents, The Uni...

1. A thermally actuated flow control system disposed within a reactor, the control system comprising:a first linear array of bimetallic strips disposed on a first wall of a channel; and
a second linear array of bimetallic strips disposed on a second wall of the channel, the first and second walls being opposite and in a facing relationship with each other relative to a fluid flow path through the channel,
wherein:
the first wall and/or the second wall comprises a catalyst layer, the catalyst layer enabling a combustible reaction of a fuel flowing through the channel,
each bimetallic strip comprises a fixed end and a free end,
the fixed ends of the bimetallic strips in the first array are coupled to the first wall,
the fixed ends of the bimetallic strips in the second array are coupled to the second wall,
each bimetallic strip comprises a first metal strip having a first thermal expansion coefficient and a second metal strip having a second thermal expansion coefficient, the first and second metal strips being fixedly coupled together, and the first thermal expansion coefficient being higher than the second thermal expansion coefficient, wherein the first metal strip is coupled to the wall, and the second metal strip extends towards the fluid flow path through the channel, and
a deflection of the free ends of the bimetallic strips first array away from the first wall and the free ends of the bimetallic strips of the second array away from the second wall increases as a temperature of the fuel flowing through the channel increases, which decreases a flowrate of the fuel flowing through the channel and reduces the rate of heat generation by the combustion reaction, and the deflection of the free ends of the bimetallic strips of the first array and the second array decreases as the temperature of the fuel flowing through the channel decreases, which increases the flowrate of the fuel flowing through the channel and increases the rate of heat generation by the combustion reaction.

US Pat. No. 10,393,286

VALVE POSITION INDICATOR FOR VALVE SHUTTER

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A valve shutter comprising:an indicating unit configured to indicate opening angles of a valve of a gas tank, the valve coupled to the indicating unit;
a first rotating unit configured to rotate the indicating unit up to a maximum opening angle of the valve;
a second rotating unit configured to selectively interlock with the first rotating unit;
a holding pin configured to be rotated by the second rotating unit;
a shutting unit configured to prevent a rotation of the holding pin;
a limit plate configured to be selectively rotated by the first rotating unit in a closing direction and an opening direction of the valve; and
a stopper configured to restrict a rotation of the limit plate in the closing direction of the valve,
wherein the valve shutter does not include a stopper configured to restrict a rotation of the limit plate in the opening direction of the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,393,285

MULTI-ACTUATION CONTROL SYSTEM WITH PRESSURE BALANCING PLUMBING

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A multi-actuation system comprising:a first electrohydraulic servo valve;
a first actuator;
a first fluid line fluidically connecting the first electrohydraulic servo valve to the first actuator;
a second electrohydraulic servo valve;
a second actuator;
a second fluid line fluidically connecting the second electrohydraulic servo valve to the second actuator; and
a ring fluidically connecting the first fluid line with the second fluid line.

US Pat. No. 10,393,283

REGULATING OVERTRAVEL IN BI-FURCATED PLUGS FOR USE IN VALVE ASSEMBLIES

Dresser, LLC, Addison, T...

1. A method, comprising:operating a valve assembly to regulate flow of material by,
moving a first part of a two-part plug to a closed position against a seat;
overdriving a second part relative to the first part in the closed position to compress a seal ring; and
stopping compression of the seal ring with a hardstop having a stopping surface that prevents travel of the second part, wherein the stopping surface varies in position in response to temperature of the hardstop.

US Pat. No. 10,393,281

COMPRESSOR SURGE PROTECTION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A pressure relief assembly for use with a duct having an interior volume defined by a sidewall and a relief aperture defined through the sidewall of the duct, the pressure relief assembly comprising:a cover configured to seal the relief aperture when positioned in a closed configuration and to expose the relief aperture to an external environment when positioned in an open configuration;
a first chamber at least partially defined by the sidewall and having a first volume fluidly coupled to the interior volume of the duct through a first orifice;
a second chamber at least partially defined by the sidewall and having a second volume fluidly coupled to the interior volume of the duct through a second orifice, the second orifice having a larger area than an area of the first orifice; and
a piston coupled to the cover, positioned between the first chamber and the second chamber and defining a wall of the first chamber and the second chamber, and configured to change the first volume and the second volume in response to a change in pressure in at least the first chamber or the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,393,278

CHECK VALVE

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A check valve comprising:a valve housing defining an opening;
a valve housing sealing surface surrounding the opening;
a plurality of flapper elements, each flapper element being pivotally mounted to the valve housing about a respective pivot axis transverse to the opening, for rotation between an open position in which the flapper elements permit flow of fluid through the opening and a closed position in which they block the flow of fluid through the opening;
each flapper element comprising:
a first side facing the valve housing sealing surface in the closed position;
a second side, opposed to the first side and facing away from the valve housing sealing surface in the closed position;
a base end, the flapper element being mounted to the valve housing at its base end;
a first edge sealing region extending away from the base end for sealing engagement with the valve housing sealing surface in the closed position of the flapper element; and
a second edge sealing region extending away from the base end for sealing engagement with the base end of an adjacent flapper element in the closed position of the flapper element, an edge of the second edge sealing region of the flapper element engaging with the second side of an adjacent flapper element when the flapper elements are in the open position;
wherein the second edge sealing region comprises an edge which extends as a straight edge from a radially inner point adjacent the pivot axis to a radially outermost point at the first edge sealing region, said straight edge of the second edge sealing region of the flapper element forms an acute angle (a) with the pivot axis of the flapper element.

US Pat. No. 10,393,276

HIGH-FLOW FLUID VALVE BLOCK

SEMBA BIOSCIENCES, INC., ...

1. A valve block comprising:a pressure plate comprising a recess fillable with a pressurized material on an upper side of the pressure plate;
a fluid transfer plate comprising an inlet channel, an outlet channel, a plurality of inlet bores extending from the inlet channel to a lower side of the fluid transfer plate, and a plurality of outlet bores extending from the outlet channel to the lower side of the fluid transfer plate, wherein the plurality of inlet bores is arranged in a circular shape and the plurality of outlet bores is arranged in a circular shape, and wherein the inlet channel, the outlet channel, the plurality of inlet bores, and the plurality of outlet bores are contained within a valve of the valve block;
a top plate disposed adjacent to the fluid transfer plate, the top plate comprising an inlet connection bore and an outlet connection bore, wherein the inlet connection bore is fluidly connected to the inlet channel and the outlet connection bore is fluidly connected to the outlet channel; and
a diaphragm disposed between the upper side of the pressure plate and the lower side of the fluid transfer plate, wherein the diaphragm is configured to prevent fluid flow from at least one of the plurality of inlet bores to at least one of the plurality of outlet bores when the recess is filled with pressurized material.

US Pat. No. 10,393,275

SELF-CLEANING DOUBLE BLOCK AND BLEED VALVE

Omni Valve Company, LLC, ...

1. A valve comprising:a valve body, said valve body defining an inlet opening, an outlet opening and a bottom;
a lower cap secured to the bottom of said valve body said lower cap having an interior surface;
an upper cap secured to a top of said valve body, said upper cap having a central opening;
said upper cap, lower cap and valve body define a first cavity,
a rotatable plug positioned within said first cavity, said rotatable plug having a top stem passing through said opening in said upper cap and said rotatable plug having a bottom portion;
said rotatable plug having a first opening and a second opening defining a central passageway, said central passageway when aligned with said valve body inlet opening and valve body outlet opening provides a first continuous fluid path through said valve;
said rotatable plug first opening having a first gap at the lowest portion of said first opening;
said rotatable plug first opening carrying a first upwardly projecting lip adjacent to said first gap;
said rotatable plug second opening having a second gap at the lowest portion of said central passageway;
when said rotatable plug first and second openings are aligned with said valve body inlet opening and valve body outlet opening, said first and second gaps provide fluid communication with a second continuous fluid path, said second continuous fluid path defined by the bottom portion of said rotatable plug and the interior surface of said lower cap.

US Pat. No. 10,393,274

VALVE FOR CONTROL OF A FLUID FLOW

1. A valve for control of a fluid flow, said valve comprisinga valve housing,
fluid control means for controlling said flow of fluid through said valve housing wherein said fluid control means is arranged inside said valve housing,
shaft means comprising a set of shaft friction surfaces, said set of shaft friction surfaces including a first shaft friction surface and a second shaft friction surface arranged in a mutual shaft friction surface angle, wherein said shaft friction surface angle is an inside angle between said first shaft friction surface and said second shaft friction surface, wherein said fluid control means is arranged to be displaced along a rotational axis of said shaft means in accordance with a rotation of said shaft means, and
collar means comprising a set of collar friction surfaces, said set of collar friction surfaces including a first collar friction surface and a second collar friction surface arranged in a mutual collar friction surface angle, said collar friction surface angle is an inside angle between said first collar friction surface and said second collar friction surface, wherein said set of collar friction surfaces are arranged to mesh with said set of shaft friction surfaces,
wherein said shaft friction surface angle and said collar friction surface angle are between 120° and 170° and wherein said collar means are fixed inside said valve housing.

US Pat. No. 10,393,273

ADJUSTMENT ELEMENT FOR AN OVERRUN AIR RECIRCULATION VALVE

PIERBURG GMBH, Neuss (DE...

1. An adjustment element for a divert-air valve, the adjustment element comprising:an actuation element of an electromagnetic actuator, the actuation element being configured to be translatorily moved by the electromagnetic actuator;
a control body configured to move with the actuation element, the control body comprising,
a first hollow body comprising an outer surface which is circumferentially closed so as to define an interior, a first axial end, and an annular plate which is configured to extend radially inward from the first axial end, and
a second hollow body comprising,
a radially outer annular plate which is configured to be sealingly fastened in an encircling manner axially to the annular plate of the first hollow body, the radially outer annular plate comprising a radially inner region, and
an outer surface which extends from the radially inner region of the radially outer annular plate in a direction of the actuation element in the interior of the first hollow body; and
a connection element which is configured to fasten the control body to the actuation element.

US Pat. No. 10,393,272

SLEEVE CONFIGURED FOR USE IN A NON-CONTACTING GAS SEAL AND GAS SEAL INCLUDING THE SLEEVE

1. A sleeve mountable on a rotatable shaft and configured to form a non-contacting seal with a seal ring surrounding and radially spaced from the sleeve, the sleeve comprising:a radially inner surface configured to be mounted on the rotatable shaft;
a radially outer surface;
an axially inner surface between the radially inner surface and the radially outer surface;
an axially outer surface between the radially inner surface and the radially outer surface; and
a bore configured to provide fluid communication between gas at the axially inner surface of the sleeve and the radially outer surface of the sleeve,
wherein the bore extends from the axially inner surface to the radially outer surface,
wherein the bore has a first end and a second end, the second end being axially, radially and circumferentially offset from the first end,
wherein the axially inner surface includes a plurality of recesses,
wherein the first end of the bore is located in one of the plurality of recesses,
wherein each of the plurality of recesses comprises a bottom and an axial side wall, and
wherein the end of the bore is located in the bottom at a junction of the axial side wall and the bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,393,271

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEALS

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A method for manufacturing a seal, the method comprising:providing an annular main seal body of the seal;
coating a sealing surface substrate of the annular main seal body of the seal with a layer of Molybdenum; and
melting the layer of Molybdenum to fuse the layer of Molybdenum into the sealing surface substrate to form an alloyed outer seal layer,
wherein the alloyed outer seal layer forms a sealing surface of the seal,
wherein the annular main seal body is made from one of C6 white iron, low carbon steel, C6 nickel alloy, stellite iron alloy, Ni-Hard iron alloy, SAE 52100 steel, or SAE 1074 steel,
wherein a percentage of Molybdenum in the alloyed outer seal layer is between 10% to 20%, and
wherein the annular main seal body with the alloyed outer seal layer has a same thickness as the provided annular main seal body.

US Pat. No. 10,393,270

BRUSH SEAL WITH SLIDING BACKING PLATE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A brush seal comprising:a top plate;
a back plate;
a bristle pack secured at a joint between the top plate and the back plate, the bristle pack comprising:
a first bristle set extending from the joint; and
a second bristle set extending from the joint; and
a sliding backing plate comprising:
a sliding portion disposed between the back plate and the second bristle set; and
a support portion having an inner face and a support face, the inner face contacting a distal end of the second bristle set, and the support face disposed adjacent and configured to support at least a portion of the first bristle set;
wherein the sliding backing plate is configured to slide relative to the back plate; and
wherein the second bristle set is configured to exert a first pushing force on the inner face of the support portion to drive the sliding backing plate relative to the back plate.

US Pat. No. 10,393,267

METAL-TO-METAL SEALING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A metal-to-metal sealing joint comprising a first mating surface and a second mating surface; whereinthe second mating surface comprises an annular projection extending outward from a base positioned at the second mating surface and one or more annular grooves; and
the annular projection deforms the first mating surface when the first and second mating surfaces are brought into mating contact, the deformation forming a second groove in the first mating surface to form the sealing joint.

US Pat. No. 10,393,266

HIGH PRESSURE CIRCUMFERENTIAL LIFT-OFF SEAL

1. A circumferential lift-off seal assembly for sealing generally between an inner member rotatable about a central axis and an outer housing, the inner member having an outer circumferential surface and the housing having a first chamber, a second chamber and a radial surface partially defining the first chamber and located adjacent to the second chamber, the seal assembly comprising:a plurality of generally arcuate seal bodies spaced circumferentially about the central axis and coupled together to form a generally annular seal disposeable substantially within the housing first chamber, each seal body having an inner circumferential sealing surface sealingly engageable with the inner member outer surface, first and second axial ends, the second axial end having a radial sealing surface sealingly engageable with the housing radial surface so as to fluidly separate the first and second housing chambers, opposing first and second circumferential ends, the first end of each seal body being coupled with the second end of an adjacent one of the other seal bodies, at least one lift ramp extending radially-outwardly from the body inner surface and configured to generate a radially-outwardly directed force on the seal body when the inner member rotatably displaces within the seal, and at least one elongated projection extending generally axially outwardly from the body second axial end and having opposing radially inner and radially outer surfaces, the projection being disposeable within the housing second chamber such that that the projection outer surface is exposable to fluid pressure within the second chamber to generate a pressure differential between the projection inner and outer surfaces;
wherein each seal body further has a circumferential pressure groove extending generally radially-outwardly from the body inner surface and generally between the first and second circumferential ends, the groove being generally disposed axially between the at least one lift ramp and the body second axial end, and a feed slot extending generally axially between the body first end and the pressure groove and fluidly coupled with the at least one lift ramp such that the pressure groove is fluidly coupleable with the first housing chamber such that a pressure gradient extends axially between an edge of the seal body inner surface adjacent to the groove and an edge of the projection inner surface adjacent to the projection outer end when fluid pressure within the first chamber is greater than fluid pressure within the second chamber; and
wherein the lift projection of each seal body has a first end integrally formed with the seal body second axial end, a second end spaced axially from the first end and an axial width between the projection first and second ends, a bore dam axial width being defined between an edge of the seal body inner surface adjacent to the pressure groove and the projection outer end, the projection axial width being within the range of about twenty percent of the bore dam width and about thirty percent of the bore dam width.

US Pat. No. 10,393,263

REBUILD KIT FOR A CVT CLUTCH SPIDER

1. A rebuild kit for a spider assembly of a CVT clutch, the rebuild kit comprising:two non-rotating washers;
a roller; and
a spider having wear that is over an acceptable amount of wear determined by the manufacturer, wherein:
a pin couples the two non-rotating washers and the roller between the non-rotating washers within the spider; and
the roller is engaged by a flyweight of the CVT clutch and the non-rotating washers prevent additional wear of the spider while maintaining the roller aligned with the flyweight during operation of the CVT clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,393,262

HYDROSTATIC TRACTION DRIVE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE HYDROSTATIC TRACTION DRIVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic traction drive, comprising:a first hydraulic machine that is driven by a drive unit
a second hydraulic machine hydraulically connected to the first hydraulic machine, the second hydraulic machine having a drive that is connected to at least one differential of the traction drive in order to drive wheels; and
a control unit configured to control at least one measure for traction control, the measure controlled as a function of a rotational speed of the second hydraulic machine,
wherein the control unit is configured so as to control the measure as a function of a change in the rotational speed of the second hydraulic machine.

US Pat. No. 10,393,260

HYDRAULIC CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A shovel comprising:a lower traveling body;
an upper rotating body mounted on the lower traveling body;
an engine mounted on the upper rotating body;
a hydraulic pump of a variable volume type;
a hydraulic actuator to which pressurized oil is supplied from the hydraulic pump;
a flow rate control valve configured to control, based on operation amount of an operation member, a flow rate of the oil to the hydraulic actuator from the hydraulic pump; and
a controller configured to control the hydraulic pump, wherein
the controller calculates a virtual bleed flow rate from a bleed opening area of the flow rate control valve, determines a pump demand flow rate based on the calculated virtual bleed flow rate, and performs a virtual bleed-off control such that a discharge flow rate of the hydraulic pump becomes the determined pump demand flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,393,259

HYBRID VEHICLE CONTROL USING ADAPTIVE TRANSMISSION TORQUE CONVERTER CLUTCH CAPACITY ESTIMATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine;
an electric machine selectively coupled to the engine;
a transmission having a torque converter impeller coupled to the electric machine and a torque converter clutch selectively coupling the impeller to a turbine; and
a controller configured to control torque converter clutch pressure according to impeller torque responsive to:
impeller speed exceeding turbine speed during torque converter clutch disengagement; and
turbine speed matching impeller speed during torque converter clutch engagement.

US Pat. No. 10,393,257

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A control apparatus for automatic transmission, comprising:an select lever structured to permit selection of a range of an automatic transmission including a traveling range and a non-traveling range;
a detecting sensor configured to detect the range selected via the select lever;
a valve disposed at an oil passage that couples a hydraulic pressure supply source and a plurality of forward movement friction elements, a supply of a hydraulic pressure from the hydraulic pressure supply source to the plurality of forward movement friction elements being allowed while the traveling range is selected, the valve being configured to be driven according to an operation of the select lever;
a plurality of solenoids disposed at the oil passage, the plurality of solenoids being configured to control the supplied hydraulic pressure to the plurality of forward movement friction elements; and
a controller configured such that
when the detecting sensor detects the traveling range, the controller controls the plurality of solenoids to supply the plurality of forward movement friction elements with the hydraulic pressure, and
when the detecting sensor detects the traveling range, the controller executes a determination such that
when operations of all the friction elements of the plurality of forward movement friction elements are not detected, the controller determines, as the determination, that an operation position of the select lever is at an intermediate position between a position according to the traveling range and a position according to the non-traveling range, and
when operation of a part of the friction elements among the plurality of forward movement friction elements is not detected, the controller determines, as the determination, that a failure is present among the plurality of solenoids.

US Pat. No. 10,393,256

CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE DRIVE APPARATUS

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A control device for a vehicle drive apparatus, the vehicle drive apparatus including, on a power transmission path connecting an input member drivingly coupled to a driving force source and an output member drivingly coupled to wheels, a transmission device that includes a plurality of engagement devices and establishes a plurality of shift speeds with different speed ratios in accordance with a state of engagement of the plurality of engagement devices, whereinin order to shift the transmission device from a state in which an object shift speed is established and a vehicle is traveling to a neutral state in which no shift speed is established in the transmission device, the object shift speed being a shift speed established by engagement of an object engagement device that is one of the plurality of engagement devices and a non-object engagement device that is another one or more of the plurality of engagement devices, when the object engagement device is disengaged while maintaining engagement of the non-object engagement device and a rotational speed of the driving force source is made to be reduced, an engagement failure in the object engagement device is determined based on a change in a rotational speed of the input member.

US Pat. No. 10,393,255

TRAVELING CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE, VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A traveling control device for a vehicle, the vehicle including a transmission constituting a part of a power transmission path, the power transmission path being between a drive power source and drive wheels, the traveling control device comprising:an electronic control device configured to
execute a gear shift of the transmission based on a traveling state,
switch automatic driving by automatic driving control and manual driving by a driving operation from a driver, and
inhibit switching between the automatic driving and the manual driving until the gear shift of the transmission is completed after the gear shift of the transmission starts.

US Pat. No. 10,393,254

UNIVERSAL BELLHOUSING, SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFORE

Accel Performance Group L...

1. A device for connecting an engine to a transmission, each having a mounting surface, the device comprising:a structure having an axis, a first end, and a second end, said first and second ends each having an opening and a wall extending between said first and second ends wherein the openings are coaxial, the structure formed by deforming a spinning sheet of metal into a mold using an internal spin forming process which asserts a force to the spinning sheet of material, such force applied along an inner surface of the sheet of material as it is formed;
said structure having an outer surface that is free of strengthening ribs in an axial direction of the structure;
a spun formed flange formed from the spinning sheet and formed integrally with the structure, extending from the first end normal to the axis;
a transmission plate of a plurality of interchangeable transmission plates, affixed onto the second end of the structure; and,
a pattern of holes machined into each of the flange and the transmission plate, the pattern of holes being indexed to an engine and transmission, respectively and the pattern of holes of the transmission plate being disposed outwardly of the second end of the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,393,251

GEAR TOOTH CROWNING ARRANGEMENT

Eaton Corporation, Cleve...

1. A parallel axis gear configuration comprising:a first gear having a first gear tooth that includes a lead crowning across a face width thereof, the lead crowning comprising:
a first lead crown defined from a centerline to a transition point; and
a second lead crown defined from the transition point to a first end point; and
wherein the lead crowning includes a drop-off magnitude that is greater at the second lead crown than the first lead crown.

US Pat. No. 10,393,249

DIFFERENTIAL, POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, She...

1. A differential, comprising:a first planetary carrier;
a first gear ring;
a first planetary gear disposed on the first planetary carrier and meshed with the first gear ring;
a second planetary carrier;
a second gear ring; and
a second planetary gear disposed on the second planetary carrier and meshed with the second gear ring as well as the first planetary gear,
wherein the first gear ring and the second gear ring are configured as two power output ends of the differential, the first planetary carrier and the second planetary carrier are configured as power input ends of the differential, and a revolution radius of the first planetary gear is different from a revolution radius of the second planetary gear.

US Pat. No. 10,393,246

ORIGINAL SHIFT SYSTEM (O.S.S.)

1. A shift system related to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) comprising:a power input assembly, having a power source, a hydraulic power transmitting system, a main rotating shaft and a power input assembly;
a power output assembly, having a first freewheel connecting with a first gear through a first shaft, a second freewheel connecting with a second gear through a second shaft, a main rod, an output gear and an output shaft, wherein the first freewheel engages with a first main rod rack on top of the main rod, while the second freewheel engages with a second main rod rack at a bottom portion of the main rod;
a collar assembly having a sliding collar configured to slide on the main rotating shaft and pivotally connecting with the power input assembly;
a connecting assembly having a rotating arm, a plurality of sliding sleeves connecting with the power input assembly, and a crankpin extending from the rotating arm and pivotally connecting with a connecting rod that is pivotally connected with the main rod;
wherein the hydraulic power transmitting system in said power input assembly has at least one hydraulic cylinder with a hydraulic position rod extending therefrom, and one end of the hydraulic position rod is configured to be connected to an end plate to control the movement of the power input assembly,
wherein the power input assembly has a first stretcher pivotally connected to an upper portion of the sliding collar on one end, and pivotally connected to an upper sliding sleeve on the rotating arm; and a second stretcher pivotally connected to a lower portion of the sliding collar on one end, and pivotally connected to a lower sliding sleeve on the rotating arm,
wherein the rotating arm is configured to rotate in a circular manner to drive the connecting rod and the main rod to further drive the first and second gears and the output gear, and the speed and torque provided by the CVT is controlled by a distance between the first and second stretchers on the rotating arm.

US Pat. No. 10,393,245

TORQUE REDUCER

Chassis Brakes Internatio...

1. A two-stage vehicle brake actuator including a reducer, the vehicle brake actuator comprising:a motor;
a floating caliper;
a brake pad rigidly attached to the floating caliper;
a screw,
a plurality of threaded internal rollers held by an internal holding cage,
a tapped inner casing,
each of the internal rollers meshing directly firstly with the screw and secondly with the inner casing by at least one thread oriented in an opposite direction to a thread of the screw and in a same direction as a thread of the inner casing,
a tapped outer casing,
a plurality of outer rollers held by an outer holding cage, each of which being in mesh firstly with the inner casing and secondly with the outer casing, the outer rollers having at least one thread oriented in an opposite direction to the thread of the inner casing and in a same direction as a thread of the outer casing;
wherein the vehicle brake actuator is configured to:
actuate a service brake or a parking brake of a vehicle; and
control a disk brake,
wherein the motor is configured to drive the internal holding cage or the outer holding cage directly.

US Pat. No. 10,393,244

ROLLING DEVICE

THK CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A rolling device comprising:an inner member provided with a rolling element rolling groove;
and an outer member attached to the inner member to be relatively movable via a plurality of rolling elements,
wherein the outer member includes:
an outer member main body portion including a loaded rolling element rolling groove forming a loaded rolling element rolling raceway in cooperation with the rolling element rolling groove and a non-loaded rolling element rolling raceway arranged to correspond to the loaded rolling element rolling groove; and
a pair of lids attached to both end surfaces of the outer member main body portion in a relatively-moving direction and having at least a part of a direction changing raceway connecting one end of the loaded rolling element rolling raceway to one end of the non-loaded rolling element rolling raceway,
wherein each of the lids is provided with a projection portion including at least the part of the direction changing raceway so as for the at least the part of the direction changing raceway formed in the lid to project from a connection surface between the lid and the outer member main body portion toward the outer member main body portion, and
wherein the projection portion is provided with a lubricant supply groove that is formed on an outer circumferential surface of the projection portion, and the lubricant supply groove formed up to a tip end of the outer circumferential surface of the projection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,393,243

ACTUATOR WITH CROSS-ROLLER BEARING

THK CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. An actuator comprising:a motor having an output shaft;
a motor housing into which the motor is housed;
an outer race;
an inner race assembled with the outer race to be rotatable;
a cross-roller bearing supporting an object member to be rotatable, the object member having a first plane extending in the radial direction relative to the output shaft, and the first plane having a recessed portion at an outer periphery thereof;
a support member rotated in accordance with the rotation of the output shaft, the support member being fixed to the object member and having a second plane extending in a radial direction relative to the output shaft, the second plane having a recessed portion at an outer periphery thereof,
wherein the outer race is directly mounted to the motor housing and the inner race is clamped between the recessed portion of the first plane and the recessed portion of the second plane.

US Pat. No. 10,393,242

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPLEMENTING ULTRA-HIGH STABILITY LONG-VERTICAL TRAVEL STAGE

UChicago Argonne, LLC, C...

1. An apparatus for implementing an ultra-high stability long-vertical travel stage comprising:a first wedge supporting a second wedge, each wedge formed of a selected stable material having predefined rigidity and low thermal expansion coefficient, and said first wedge and said second wedge have surfaces with predefined flatness;
integrated air bearings; said integrated air bearings designed for wedge-to-wedge contact when the travel stage is not in motion;
a drive and guiding assembly coupled to said first wedge;
said drive and guiding assembly including a linear guiding mechanism with a plurality of flexures; and
said drive driving said first wedge in a horizontal plane for providing vertical motion on the second wedge with the integrated air bearing lifted and said plurality of flexures allowing for movement in a travel range of between approximately 10 millimeters and 100 millimeters with ultra-high stability at a nano-meter (nm) level and with enhanced thermal stability and enhanced load capacity.

US Pat. No. 10,393,239

HYDRAULIC AUTO TENSIONER

NTN Corporation, Osaka (...

1. A hydraulic auto-tensioner comprising:a cylinder having a bottom, and containing oil in the cylinder;
a valve sleeve standing on a bottom surface of the cylinder;
a rod having a lower end portion slidably inserted in the valve sleeve such that a pressure chamber is defined in the valve sleeve;
a spring seat provided on an upper portion of the rod;
a return spring mounted between the spring seat and the bottom surface of the cylinder, and biasing the cylinder and the spring seat in a direction away from each other,
a reservoir chamber being defined between an inner periphery of the cylinder and an outer periphery of the valve sleeve, and
an oil passage being formed such that a lower portion of the pressure chamber communicates with a lower portion of the reservoir chamber through the oil passage,
a first check valve in a bottom end of the valve sleeve, the first check valve being configured such that when pressure in the pressure chamber exceeds pressure in the reservoir chamber, the first check valve is closed so as to block communication between the pressure chamber and the oil passage;
wherein the hydraulic auto-tensioner is configured such that when a pushing force is applied to the rod through the spring seat, the first check valve is closed so that oil in the pressure chamber leaks from the pressure chamber into the reservoir chamber, and a hydraulic damper force generated by the oil leaking from the pressure chamber dampens the pushing force applied to the rod,
wherein the hydraulic auto-tensioner further comprises:
a tubular plunger fitted on an outer diameter surface of the rod, wherein a first leakage gap is defined between sliding surfaces of the plunger and the rod, the tubular plunger being slidable along the outer diameter surface of the rod and the an inner diameter surface the valve sleeve,
a second leakage gap being defined between sliding surfaces of the plunger and the valve sleeve such that resistance to oil flowing in the second leakage gap is larger than resistance to oil flowing in the first leakage gap,
wherein the hydraulic auto-tensioner further comprises:
a second check valve between the rod and the plunger, the second check valve being configured to close the first leakage gap when the plunger moves upwardly as the pressure in the pressure chamber increases;
a stopper provided at a bottom end of the rod to prevent separation of the plunger; and
a valve spring biasing the plunger toward the stopper.

US Pat. No. 10,393,235

MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION

ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC...

1. A multiple speed transmission, comprising:an input member;
an output member;
first, second, third and fourth planetary gearsets each having first, second and third members;
a plurality of interconnecting members each connected between at least one of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gearsets and at least another of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gearsets;
a first torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the first member of the first planetary gearset and the first member of the second planetary gearset with a stationary member;
a second torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the first planetary gearset with the stationary member;
a third torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the second planetary gearset with the first member of the third planetary gearset and the first member of the fourth planetary gearset;
a fourth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the third member of the second planetary gearset and the third member of the third planetary gearset with the second member of the third planetary gearset; and
a fifth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the third member of the first planetary gearset and the third member of the fourth planetary gearset with the second member of the third planetary gearset;
wherein, the first planetary gearset comprises an idler planetary gearset;
wherein the torque transmitting mechanisms are selectively engageable in combinations of at least three to establish at least eight forward speed ratios and at least one reverse speed ratio between the input member and the output member.

US Pat. No. 10,393,234

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising:an input shaft for receiving an engine torque;
an output shaft for outputting a shifted torque;
a first planetary gear set having a first rotational element, a second rotational element, and a third rotational element;
a second planetary gear set having a fourth rotational element, a fifth rotational element, and a sixth rotational element;
a third planetary gear set having a seventh rotational element, an eighth rotational element, and a ninth rotational element;
a fourth planetary gear set having a tenth rotational element, an eleventh rotational element, and a twelfth rotational element;
a first shaft fixedly connected to the third rotational element and selectively connected to the input shaft;
a second shaft fixedly connected to the ninth rotational element and selectively connected to the input shaft;
a third shaft fixedly connected to the eleventh rotational element and fixedly connected to the output shaft;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected to the first rotational element, the fourth rotational element, and the seventh rotational element;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected to the second rotational element and the tenth rotational element; and
a plurality of shafts each selectively connecting a corresponding element to a transmission housing, wherein the corresponding element is a rotational element, that is not fixedly interconnected, of one or more of the second planetary gear set, the third planetary gear sets, or the fourth planetary gear set;
wherein the plurality of shafts comprises:
a sixth shaft fixedly connected to the fifth rotational element and the eighth rotational element, wherein the sixth shaft is selectively connected to the transmission housing; and
a seventh shaft fixedly connected to the sixth rotational element and the twelfth rotational element, wherein the seventh shaft is selectively connected to the transmission housing;
wherein the input shaft and the first shaft are selectively interconnected to each other, the input shaft and the second shaft are selectively interconnected to each other, the first shaft and the fifth shaft are selectively interconnected to each other, and the first shaft and the sixth shaft are selectively interconnected to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,393,232

TRANSMISSION WITH COLD SHIFT DELAY MITIGATION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of operating a motor vehicle transmission, the method comprising:measuring an operating temperature of the transmission, the transmission having at least seven torque transmitting mechanisms and at least three planetary gear sets, each planetary gear set having three gear members;
determining if the transmission is in a park mode;
determining if the operating temperature is below a predetermined threshold;
if the operating temperature is below the predetermined threshold and the transmission is the park mode, implementing a shift delay mitigation process including:
engaging a fourth torque transmitting mechanism and a fifth torque transmitting mechanism of the at least seven torque transmitting mechanisms so that they are locked to a ground to prevent a first gear member of the first planetary gear set from moving, the first gear member of the first planetary get set being coupled to an output drive shaft to prevent an input torque being transferred to a park pawl; and
shifting the transmission out of the park mode.

US Pat. No. 10,393,229

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL METHOD OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An automatic transmission comprising:a first transmission mechanism to which a driving force of a driving source is input through a first clutch and which is configured to switch driving force transmission paths to an output member to establish a first set of gear ratios;
a second transmission mechanism to which the driving force of the driving source is input through a second clutch and which is configured to switch driving force transmission paths to the output member to establish a second set of gear ratios; and
a control unit,
wherein a one-way clutch is provided in a driving force transmission path that establishes a first certain gear ratio in the first set,
the first transmission mechanism comprises:
an input shaft to which the driving force of the driving source is input through the first clutch;
a first transmission gear provided on the input shaft and configured to establish the first certain gear ratio;
a plurality of second transmission gears provided on the input shaft and configured to establish remaining gear ratios in the first set; and
a switching mechanism configured to perform engagement and disengagement between the input shaft and the plurality of second transmission gears,
a driving transmission direction of the one-way clutch is set such that a rotation inputted from a wheel side to the output member in a predetermined rotational direction is transmitted to the input shaft, the predetermined rotational direction corresponding to a backward movement of a vehicle,
the switching mechanism comprises:
a dog clutch; and
an actuator configured to operate the dog clutch,
the control unit can execute backward movement prevention control of causing the switching mechanism to engage a third transmission gear that is one of the plurality of second transmission gears with the input shaft on condition that the vehicle has stopped, and
after the third transmission gear engages with the input shaft, the control unit instructs the switching mechanism to disengage the third transmission gear from the input shaft immediately regardless of whether or not the vehicle starts.

US Pat. No. 10,393,226

CHAIN

TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO., O...

1. A chain formed of a plurality of plates including a sliding plate that is slidably guided by a chain guide, the plates being coupled together with a connecting pin such that the chain is bendable,the sliding plate including a guide-side end face arranged on the chain guide side,
the guide-side end face including only one recessed section formed by cutting away part of the guide-side end face, and only one guide sliding section located on a front side in a chain running direction of the recessed section,
the guide-side end face being formed so as to slide on the chain guide with only the guide sliding section located on a front side in a chain running direction of the recessed section,
the recessed section including a negative pressure canceling surface at a front end thereof in the chain running direction, and
the front end in the chain running direction of the recessed section being adjacent a rear end of the guide sliding section and formed at a center or on a rear side of the center in the chain running direction of the guide-side end face.

US Pat. No. 10,393,225

INTEGRATED MULTI-FUNCTION PROPULSION BELT FOR AIR CUSHION SUPPORTED AIRCRAFT CARGO LOADING ROBOT

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A multifunction belt comprising:a plurality of cables including:
at least one communication cable,
at least one power conducting cable,
at least one tension supporting cable separating the at least one communication cable and the at least one power conducting cable; and
a coating applied to the plurality of cables, wherein the multifunction belt is coupled to an aircraft cargo management system; and
wherein the multifunction belt is coupled to an air cushion cargo shuttle.

US Pat. No. 10,393,223

COUPLING ARRANGEMENT HAVING A VIBRATION REDUCTION DEVICE AND HAVING A COUPLER DEVICE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A coupling arrangement comprising:a clutch device;
a vibration reduction device comprising:
at least one torsional vibration damper;
an input which is connected to a drive; and
an output connected to the clutch device by which a connection between the vibration reduction device and a driven end is at least substantially produced in a first operating state, and this connection is at least substantially cancelled in a second operating state, wherein the output of the vibration reduction device is centered at the driven end; and
wherein the at least the output is centered with respect to a central axis, and the centering of output is carried out at the driven end;
a housing of coupling arrangement configured as the drive for the vibration reduction device; and
a mass damper system that cooperates with the at least one torsional vibration damper and connected to the output of the vibration reduction device, wherein the at least one torsional vibration damper has at least one damping unit whose output has at least two output component parts, at least one of the at least two output component parts is centered but is received so as to be rotatably movable in circumferential direction,
wherein that at least one output component has a connection to a damper mass carrier of the mass damper system, which damper mass carrier is provided for receiving damper masses, wherein the mass damper system has a friction disk coupler carrier that receives at least one friction disk coupler of the clutch device so as to be fixed with respect to rotation relative to it.

US Pat. No. 10,393,219

CLUTCH PEDAL VIBRATION REDUCTION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING DAMPING FORCE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A clutch pedal vibration reduction apparatus configured for adjusting damping force, the clutch pedal vibration reduction apparatus comprising:a vibration absorbing damper configured for absorbing vibration transmitted to a clutch pedal,
wherein a space is formed in the vibration absorbing damper, an internal thread is formed at an inlet thereof, and a damping force adjusting device configured for adjusting the damping force is thread-coupled to the internal thread inside the space, and
wherein the damping force adjusting device includes:
at least two vibration plate fixing stoppers;
a ring-shaped flat elastic member which converges respective vibration plate fixing stoppers;
a lower cover which is in contact with an internal surface of the ring-shaped flat elastic member, is thread-coupled to the internal thread, and is configured to push the stoppers outward; and
an external thread formed on an external portion of the lower cover and thread-coupled to the internal thread.

US Pat. No. 10,393,218

VISCOUS DAMPER

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A damping mechanism configured for use with a coupling of a power transmission assembly comprising:a cylindrical body having a first end, and a second, opposite end, a groove being formed in a first surface of the cylindrical body adjacent the second end, wherein a thickness of the cylindrical body adjacent the second end is greater than a thickness of the cylindrical body adjacent the first end;
a cylindrical ring generally complementary to the groove being partially positioned within the groove such that a void exists between the cylindrical ring and a surface of the cylindrical body within the groove; and
a viscous material arranged within the void wherein non-concentric movement of the cylindrical ring relative to the cylindrical body causes displacement of the viscous material.

US Pat. No. 10,393,213

VIBRATION-DAMPING DEVICE

SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIM...

1. A vibration-damping device comprising:a first attachment member;
a second attachment member;
a main rubber elastic body elastically connecting the first attachment member and the second attachment member to each other;
an inner bracket being fixed to the first attachment member, with a basal end of the inner bracket superposed on an outside end face of the first attachment member, the inner bracket extending out to a side relative to the first attachment member;
a bag-shaped stopper rubber mounted on the basal end of the inner bracket in a non-adhesive way so as to cover the basal end;
a through hole formed in the stopper rubber so that the first attachment member inserted through the through hole and the inner bracket are fixed to each other; and
an elastic contact part provided at a rim of the through hole in the stopper rubber, the elastic contact part being pressed against an outer peripheral face of the first attachment member from a distal end side of the inner bracket so that the stopper rubber is positioned relative to the inner bracket in an extension direction of the inner bracket,
wherein the stopper rubber is provided with a stress moderating part that protrudes to the distal end side of the inner bracket relative to the elastic contact part, while the stress moderating part extends slanting relative to a contact direction between the elastic contact part and the outer peripheral face of the first attachment member.

US Pat. No. 10,393,212

ANTIVIBRATION DEVICE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. An antivibration device comprising:a shaft-shape first fixture extending along an axis;
a sleeve-shape second fixture having on at least one side an opening larger than an external shape of the first fixture; and
an antivibration base body comprising a rubber elastic body and joined at least to the first fixture and the opening of the second fixture;
wherein the first fixture is equipped with a junction having the antivibration base body joined to an outer periphery; and
a flange portion connected to the junction and having the antivibration base body joined;
wherein the junction is equipped with a chamfer portion where a corner connecting the flange portion and the junction is removed;
a base portion connected to the chamfer portion in the axial direction; and
an end portion connected to the base portion in the axial direction; and
wherein at the junction, a first projection plane made by projecting at least the end portion in a first direction orthogonal to the axis is set to be smaller in area than a second projection plane made by projecting at least the end portion in a second direction orthogonal to the axis and the first direction;
wherein at the base portion, the area of the first projection plane and the area of the second projection plane are substantially the same in size wherein an outer diameter of the end portion in the first projection plane is less than an outer diameter of the end portion in the second projection plane.

US Pat. No. 10,393,211

HYDRAULIC DAMPER WITH A HYDRAULIC STOP ARRANGEMENT

BEIJINGWEST INDUSTRIES CO...

1. A hydraulic damper for a motor vehicle hydraulic suspension damper, comprising:a tube filled with a working liquid, a main piston assembly disposed slidably inside a main section of said tube and attached to a piston rod led outside said damper, said main piston assembly dividing said tube into a rebound chamber and a compression chamber;
said main piston assembly having a rebound valve assembly and a compression valve assembly to control a flow of said working liquid within said tube during a rebound stroke and a compression stroke of said damper, wherein at least one end of said tube is provided with a narrowed section having a diameter that is smaller than a diameter of said main section;
said damper further comprising at least one additional piston assembly, displaceable along with said main piston assembly and adapted to be slidably introduced into said narrowed section of said tube to generate an additional damping force;
said additional piston assembly comprising a compression valve assembly comprising at least one deflective disc; a rebound valve assembly comprising at least one deflective disc; and a sealing ring assembly disposed between said compression valve assembly and said rebound valve assembly; and
said sealing ring assembly comprising a first annular member provided with a plurality of spaced axial channels covered at a rebound side by said at least one deflective disc of said compression valve assembly; a second annular member provided with a plurality of spaced axial channels, covered at the compression side by said at least one deflective disc of said rebound valve assembly; an axial projection disposed between said first annular member and said second annular member at the radially internal side of said axial channels of said first annular member and said axial channels of said second annular member; and a sealing ring displaceable axially between said first annular member and said second annular member and radially over said axial projection and adapted to cooperate with said narrowed section of said tube.

US Pat. No. 10,393,209

DAMPING VALVE MECHANISM

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A damping valve device comprising:an actuator;
a fixed valve carrier and a sliding sleeve forming an adjustable valve having two flow directions; said actuator constructed for carrying out an axial displacement movement on said sliding sleeve;
said sliding sleeve comprising a front side and a rear side impinged with damping fluid in an incident flow direction, and wherein, during the incident flow, said front side of said sliding sleeve and said rear side of said sliding sleeve are impinged in parallel by the damping fluid;
wherein said valve carrier comprises at least one diagonally extending transfer channel, and wherein said valve carrier comprises a central channel to which said at least one diagonally extending transfer channel is connected.

US Pat. No. 10,393,208

DAMPING VALVE FOR A VIBRATION DAMPER

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A damping valve (1) for a vibration damper comprising:a damping valve body (2) having a center axis (A), a groove (9) and a plurality of first and second passage channels (3; 4) having inlet orifices (5; 6) and outlet orifices (7; 8) and extending through the damping valve body (2) for different flow directions, each plurality of first and second passage channels (3; 4) for one flow direction being formed at the same radial distance from the center axis (A) of the damping valve (1), wherein each of the plurality of first and second passage channels (3; 4) are connected to the inlet orifices (5; 6) and the outlet orifices (7; 8) for damping medium;
wherein the outlet orifices (7) of the plurality of first passage channels (3) are connected to one another via the groove (9);
wherein the groove (9) is covered by at least one valve disk (10) and is bounded radially by a radially inner annular web (16) disposed on the radially inner side of the groove with respect to the center axis (A) of the damping valve (1), a radially outer annular web (11) disposed on the radially outer side of the groove with respect to the center axis (A) of the damping valve (1);
the radially inner web (16) and radially outer web (11) each forming a continuous support for the valve disk (10) and each being constructed as a closed ring;
wherein the closed ring forming the radially outer web (11) comprises at least one first ring segment (12) in which the support is configured as a support for the valve disk (10) continuously along a first dimension of the valve disk, and wherein the radially outer web (11) comprises at least one second ring segment (13) in which the support is configured as a support for the valve disk (10) continuously along a second dimension of the valve disk smaller than the first dimension, each of the first and second dimensions being defined radially along the vale disk;
and wherein the first and second ring segments of the radially outer web contacting the valve disk at circumferentially different locations of support of the valve disk such that, at each location of support about the circumference of the disk, only one of the first and second ring segments contacts the valve disk.

US Pat. No. 10,393,207

DAMPER WITH POWER DRIVE ELECTRONICS

Tenneco Automotive Operat...

1. A damper system for a vehicle comprising:an electrically adjustable hydraulic shock absorber including a rod guide assembly;
a pressure tube, a reserve tube, and an electromechanical valve, wherein the electromechanical valve is disposed within the electrically adjustable hydraulic shock absorber; and
an integrated electronic system having power drive electronics electrically coupled to the electromechanical valve, the power drive electronics including at least two transistors that are operable to actuate the electromechanical valve from a first state to a second state, wherein, in operating the electromechanical valve to the second state,
each of the at least two transistors outputs current to generate a first current during a first mode of the second state, and
when a decrease in current through the electromechanical valve occurs, one of the at least two transistors is switched open to generate a second current less than the first current during a second mode of the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,393,205

DOUBLE-LIFT RIGID GAS SPRING

1. A double-lift rigid gas spring, comprising: an outer cylinder tube provided with openings at two ends, one end of the outer cylinder tube being provided with a first plug having a first through hole and the other end of the outer cylinder tube being provided with a second plug having a second through hole;an inner cylinder tube located inside the outer cylinder tube and provided with openings at two ends, a floating separator piston being arranged between the inner cylinder tube and the outer cylinder tube;
a ventilated support fixed with one end of the inner cylinder tube, the ventilated support being matched with the outer cylinder tube;
a valve body, one end of the valve body being located in the outer cylinder tube and provided with a first sealing element and the other end of the valve body being inserted into the other end of the inner cylinder tube and provided with a second sealing element, and on the valve body being provided a first hole allowing a liquid medium to flow through and a second hole communicated with first hole, the first hole being arranged along the radial direction of the valve body and the second hole being arranged along the axial direction of the valve body;
a control component controlling the liquid medium to flow through the valve body, one end of the control component blocking the second hole under the pressure of the liquid medium, and the other end of the control component passing through the second plug to be exposed to air;
characterized in that the double-lift rigid gas spring further comprises: a hollow piston rod, one end of the hollow piston rod being fixed with a first separator piston, the first separator piston being matched in the inner cylinder tube, the first separator piston being provided with a through hole for communicating the hollow piston rod and the inner cylinder tube, and the other end of the hollow piston rod extending outside the outer cylinder tube after passing through the inner cylinder tube and the first plug in turn; and
a piston rod, one end of the piston rod being fixed with a second piston and located in the hollow piston rod and the other end of the piston rod being exposed to air after passing through the hollow piston rod.

US Pat. No. 10,393,204

KINETIC ENERGY ABSORPTION DEVICE AND AIRCRAFT COMPRISING SUCH A DEVICE

AIRBUS SAS, Blagnac (FR)...

1. A device to absorb kinetic energy due to an exceptional load, comprising:an outer shell configured to maintain its integrity after the exceptional load;
a core made of compactable material at least partially filling the outer shell, the compactable material constituting the core compacted under the exceptional load and absorbing a part of the kinetic energy due to the exceptional load;
at least one stiffening member integrated in the core; and
a distribution member comprising each stiffening member,
wherein said at least one stiffening member is an assembly of unidirectional fibers,
wherein the unidirectional fibers of said at least one stiffening member are held by a braided shell.

US Pat. No. 10,393,200

ELECTRIC CALIPER BRAKE

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. An electric caliper brake which comprises a carrier provided with a pair of pad plates movably with respect to a disk, and a caliper housing slidably installed on the carrier and provided with a cylinder in which a piston is movably provided by braking oil pressure, comprising:a spindle member which is installed to penetrate a rear portion of the cylinder and rotates by receiving a rotational force from an actuator, and a power converting unit including a nut member which is screwed with the spindle member and is disposed in the piston, moves forward and backward in accordance with the rotation of the spindle member so as to press the piston;
a filling member coupled to the nut member in the piston;
an anti-rotation surface provided on at least one plane on an outer circumferential surface of the filling member so that the filling member is coupled to the piston in a limited rotation state;
a stopper projection provided on the spindle member facing the nut member;
a stepped portion provided on the nut member so as to be engaged with the stopper projection when the stopper projection is rotated; and
a backup protrusion provided on the filling member so as to be engaged with the stopper projection when the stopper projection is rotated,
wherein the stepped portion and the backup protrusion facing the stopper projection are disposed at different angles so as to be engaged with each other when the stopper projection is rotated, and
wherein the height of the backup protrusion protruding from the filling member is provided to be the same as the height of the stepped portion protruding from the nut member.

US Pat. No. 10,393,199

PRESSURE GENERATOR FOR A HYDRAULIC VEHICLE BRAKING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A pressure generator for a hydraulic braking system, comprising:a helical gear, which has a rotatable, axially fixed component having a thread, and an axially movable, non-rotatable component having a counter-thread, the counter-thread of which engages the thread of the rotatable component, so that a rotary drive of the rotatable component moves the axially movable component in an axial direction, having a planetary gear for a rotary drive of the rotatable component of the helical gear; and
a piston-cylinder unit including a cylinder, and a piston which is movable in the cylinder, one of the piston or the cylinder being connected to the axially movable component of the helical gear, so that a rotary drive of the rotatable component of the helical gear moves the piston of the piston-cylinder unit in relation to the cylinder via the axially movable component of the helical gear, and that the rotatable component of the helical gear forms a planetary carrier of the planetary gear;
wherein the cylinder is in a hydraulic block of the hydraulic braking system.

US Pat. No. 10,393,197

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A HYDRAULIC ACTUATOR

1. A method for adjusting and adapting an operating point of a hydraulic actuator arrangement, in which a volume flow source is connected to a hydraulic cylinder via a pressure line which is filled with a hydraulic fluid, the method comprising:regulating a volume of the hydraulic fluid by the volume flow source, wherein an operating point of a position of the actuator arrangement corresponds, with respect to a predefined parameter, to a device which is to be actuated by the actuator arrangement, and wherein a modified volume of the hydraulic fluid which is necessary to adjust the operating point is derived from a rotational position of the volume flow source.

US Pat. No. 10,393,192

CLUTCH

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A clutch apparatus, comprising:a hub configured to be constrained to a rotation shaft;
a sleeve configured to be straight slidably disposed on an external circumferential surface of the hub;
a clutch gear configured to be disposed to be relatively rotatable with respect to the rotation shaft;
a first friction ring configured to be mounted between the clutch gear and the hub and pressed toward the clutch gear to form a frictional force between the clutch gear and the hub to transfer a torque;
a key configured to be mounted between the sleeve and the hub and transfer a linear displacement of the sleeve to the first friction ring before the sleeve makes contact with the first friction ring; and
a displacement changing portion configured to change a relative rotation displacement of the first friction ring with respect to the hub to an axial linear displacement of the first friction ring,
wherein the hub is provided with a hub groove accommodating the key, the first friction ring is provided with a first ring protrusion being inserted into the hub groove, and an internal side of the sleeve is provided with a sleeve protrusion integrally formed on the internal side of the sleeve and inserted into the hub groove to press directly the first ring protrusion axially, and
wherein the displacement changing portion includes:
a first inclined surface formed, at an end part of the hub groove, facing toward the first friction ring, in a shape in which a width thereof is expanded along a circumferential direction of the hub groove; and
a second inclined surface formed at the first ring protrusion of the first friction ring in parallel with the first inclined surface, to contact with the first inclined surface.

US Pat. No. 10,393,188

VEHICLE TRANSMISSION STRUCTURE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle transmission structure in which a power unit that includes an internal combustion engine and a transmission and generates a driving force is provided with:a drive shaft that receives generation of rotational torque of the internal combustion engine and rotates;
a driven shaft provided in the transmission to receive rotation of the drive shaft and be driven in an interlocked manner; and
a cam-type damper that is provided between the drive shaft and the driven shaft and is capable of absorbing relative positional deviation in a rotational direction between the drive shaft and the driven shaft due to rotational torque received from the drive shaft,
wherein
the cam-type damper includes:
a drive-side cam member provided on the drive shaft without capability of relative rotation; and
a driven-side cam member provided on the driven shaft without capability of relative rotation,
one shaft of the drive shaft and the driven shaft contains a shaft end of the other shaft and the other shaft is rotatably supported on an inner circumferential surface of the one shaft,
one cam member of the drive-side cam member and the driven-side cam member provided on the other shaft is disposed between an end surface of the one shaft and a side surface of an annular protrusion part provided on the other shaft and movement of the one cam member in an axial direction is restricted, and
in the drive shaft and the driven shaft, oil lubrication holes that penetrate between inside and outside of the shaft are made in a range in which the other cam member is slid in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,393,186

CONSTANT VELOCITY JOINT

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A constant velocity joint comprising:an outer joint member that is open on a first side thereof in an axial direction, and that has a raceway groove extending in the axial direction;
an inner joint member having a leg shaft extending in a radial direction thereof;
a roller that is able to roll on the raceway groove of the outer joint member; and
a needle bearing that supports an inner periphery of the roller such that the inner periphery of the roller is able to rotate with respect to the leg shaft of the inner joint member,
the leg shaft including:
a roll portion that supports the needle bearing such that the needle bearing is able to roll on the roll portion;
a contact portion that is located outward in the radial direction of the leg shaft with respect to the roll portion, which contact portion is able to contact an end face of the needle bearing in a direction of a central axis of the needle bearing, the end face facing the first side of the outer joint member; and
a recess portion formed between the roll portion and the contact portion, the recess portion being recessed from a space in which the needle bearing is disposed, and
the recess portion including a first concave portion recessed toward a base side of the leg shaft with respect to the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 10,393,185

BEARING FOR DRIVING MOTOR

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A bearing for a drive motor having an inner race coupled to a rotation shaft, an outer race coupled to a motor housing, and rolling members rotatably disposed between a raceway surface of the inner race and a raceway surface of the outer race, comprising:a retainer disposed between the inner race and the outer race and configured to support the rolling members at a predetermined interval along a circumferential direction thereof; and
a conductive guide member formed in each of the inner race and the outer race and that forms a current path between the inner race and the outer race through the retainer,
wherein the retainer is formed at a predetermined interval along the circumferential direction and includes a pocket member that supports the rolling members, and wherein the conductive guide member corresponding to the pocket member is formed in the inner race and the outer race along the circumferential direction thereof,
wherein the conductive guide member includes a current carrying protrusion that protrudes in a radial direction, is disposed along the circumferential direction of the inner race and the outer race, and is disposed at a predetermined clearance with respect to the pocket member,
wherein the current carrying protrusion of the inner race is integrally formed at a first side edge portion of the inner race at a predetermined clearance with respect to a first side of the pocket member, and wherein the current carrying protrusion of the outer race is integrally formed at a second side edge portion of the outer race at a predetermined clearance with respect to a second side of the pocket member, and
wherein a discharge phenomenon in which an electric spark occurs due to a shaft current in the rotation shaft is generated in the current carrying protrusion and the pocket member.

US Pat. No. 10,393,184

MOUNTING TOOL FOR WHEEL BEARING ASSEMBLIES

1. A mounting tool for pressing a wheel bearing assembly, having an inner ring flange and an outer bearing ring, into a bearing seat of an axle body of a vehicle, said mounting tool comprising:a supporting member having at least one recessed groove;
two L-shaped holding members each comprising a foot section and a stem section, each holding member having at least one protruding guide portion insertable into said at least one groove, for allowing a non-rotational, sliding movement of the holding members along the supporting member between an open position and an operating position,
at least one securing means for fastening the L-shaped holding members to said supporting member in said operating position,
wherein the holding members are arranged with the foot sections facing each other, such that, in said operating position, the foot sections are positioned in an intermediate space between the inner ring flange and the outer bearing ring in order to engage the outer bearing ring,
wherein each foot section, at the end facing the foot section of the other holding member, has a recess with a shape configured to apply an evenly distributed pressure to outer bearing rings of several different dimensions, the shape comprising a first arc having a first radius located between two arcs having a second radius, wherein the second radius is larger than the first radius.

US Pat. No. 10,393,182

POWER END FRAME ASSEMBLY FOR RECIPROCATING PUMP

S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc....

1. A plate segment for a reciprocating pump power end frame assembly, the power end frame assembly having a pair of end plate segments and at least one middle plate segment disposed between the end plate segments, the plate segment consisting of the middle plate segment or one of the pair of end plate segments, comprising:a plate having a front wall, a rear wall, a top wall, a bottom wall and a pair of sidewalls;
at least one opening including a bearing support surface comprising a cylindrical passage extending from a first sidewall of the pair of sidewalls to a second sidewall of the pair of sidewalls, wherein an annular platform defines the cylindrical passage,
wherein the annular platform is sized to receive and support a bearing journal in the at least one opening; and
at least one extension that is one-piece and monolithic with the plate, and extending outward from at least one of the sidewalls of the plate, and that is extending from the at least one of the sidewalls of the plate at a position to align with and contact a corresponding extension on an adjacently positioned plate.

US Pat. No. 10,393,181

INDUSTRIAL MOWER SEALED ROLLER BEARING SYSTEM

Diamond Mowers, LLC, Sio...

1. An industrial mower sealed roller bearing system comprising: an industrial mower having a roller mount and a ground roller removably positionable to extend from said roller mount;a ground roller bearing removably coupled to an end of said ground roller, said ground roller bearing being couplable to said roller mount wherein said ground roller is rotatable relative to said roller mount, said ground roller bearing comprising
an insert body, said insert body being couplable to said ground roller, said insert body having a first end and a second end said insert body having a channel extending into said first end towards said second end, said second end of said insert body being closed,
a shaft extending into said insert body through said first end, an outer section of said shaft extending from said insert body being couplable to said roller mount,
a face seal positioned in said insert body and engaging said shaft proximate said first end of said insert body defining a sealed interior chamber of said insert body, said face seal being coupled to said insert body and said shaft such that said insert body is rotatable relative to said shaft, and
a plurality of interior bearings being positioned within said sealed interior chamber of said insert body wherein said insert body is rotatable relative to said shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,393,177

SLIDING BEARING DEVICE

Deutsches Zentrum fuer Lu...

1. Sliding bearing device comprising:a bearing seating having a first sliding surface; and
a bearing body having a second sliding surface;
wherein the bearing body is accommodated by the bearing seating and the first sliding surface and the second sliding surface face each other;
wherein at least one of the bearing seating and the bearing body is made of an open-pore fibre composite material at least in a sliding region which forms the respective sliding surface; and
wherein at least one of (i) fibres of the fibre composite material are arranged in the sliding region such that the fibres end at the associated sliding surface at an acute angle to the sliding surface, and (ii) fibres of the fibre composite material run parallel to the respective sliding surface.

US Pat. No. 10,393,176

BEARING ASSEMBLIES AND APPARATUSES INCLUDING SUPERHARD BEARING ELEMENTS

US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION,...

4. The bearing assembly of claim 1, wherein each of the plurality of superhard bearing elements is fixed within a respective bearing-element recess defined within the inner support ring.

US Pat. No. 10,393,175

FLUID BEARING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A fluid bearing, comprising:a housing including an internal plenum disposed in the housing and an inlet in fluid communication with the plenum, wherein the inlet is configured to provide fluid to the plenum from an external source;
a cushion surface facing away from the housing and the plenum;
one or more nozzles positioned between the cushion surface and the housing, wherein each nozzle comprises a converging section, wherein the one or more nozzles extend from the plenum to the surrounding environment, wherein the one or more nozzles are configured to produce an annular curtain of fluid flowing at a velocity of at least Mach 1 and disposed about the cushion surface in response to a fluid flow entering the plenum from the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,393,171

FLUID DYNAMIC BEARING AND SPINDLE MOTOR

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

1. A fluid dynamic bearing that supports a rotor in a rotatable manner with respect to a shaft, comprising:a conical bearing member in which at least a part of an inner peripheral surface of the conical bearing member is fixed to an outer peripheral surface of the shaft, the conical bearing member having an outer peripheral surface including at least a conical surface and a conical bearing surface;
a first gap provided between the conical bearing surface and the rotor;
a second gap provided between the conical bearing member and the shaft over an entire periphery in the circumferential direction, one end of the second gap being connected to one end of the first gap;
a space forming a tapered seal provided between the conical surface and the rotor; and
a circulation hole formed in the conical bearing member, one end of the circulation hole opening to another end of the second gap, another end of the circulation hole opening to the space forming the tapered seal, and the circulation hole communicating the second gap and the space forming the tapered seal, wherein
an opening on the other end of the circulation hole communicates to another end of the first gap through a part of the space forming the tapered seal, so that the opening on the other end of the circulation hole and the other end of the first gap are spaced apart from each other in the part of the space forming the tapered seal,
wherein when a distance between the opening on the other end of the circulation hole and the other end of the first gap is s, and
a dimension of the opening on the other end of the circulation hole is d,
s?d/2 is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,393,170

BEARING STRUCTURE AND TURBOCHARGER

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A bearing structure, comprising:a housing;
a bearing hole formed in the housing;
a bearing, which is provided in the bearing hole, and is configured to axially support a shaft having one end provided with an impeller;
a space, which is formed in the housing, and is positioned between the impeller and the bearing hole;
a passage, which communicates with the space, and extends to a vertically lower side of the bearing hole;
a communication opening portion, which allows the passage and the bearing hole to communicate with each other; and
a lower wall portion, which is provided in a lower portion including a portion directly below an axis of the shaft between the passage and the bearing hole, and has an inner wall surface being opposed to the shaft and having a curved surface shape with a curvature center positioned on a shaft side.

US Pat. No. 10,393,166

SET SCREW, FIXING STRUCTURE, FIXING METHOD AND SEALING STRUCTURE

EagleBurgmann Japan Co., ...

1. A fixing structure for fixing a first member in which a female thread is formed and a second member which is provided to be slidable with respect to the first member, and in which a through-hole is formed that has a diameter smaller than an inner diameter of the female thread,wherein the fixing structure has a set screw comprising:
a shaft portion comprising a male thread; and
a small diameter portion provided on a rear end side of the shaft portion and having a diameter smaller than an outer diameter of the male thread,
wherein an engagement portion to which a fastening tool is to be engaged is provided on the small diameter portion,
the second member is positioned with respect to the first member in a state in which center axes of the female thread and the through-hole coincide with each other, the male thread of the set screw is engaged in the female thread, and the small diameter portion is inserted into the through-hole, whereby the first member and the second member are fixed to each other, and
a tapered portion that reduces in diameter from the shaft portion to the small diameter portion is provided between the shaft portion and the small diameter portion.

US Pat. No. 10,393,165

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN ADHESIVE SCREW CONNECTION USING A FLOW DRILL SCREW, AND FLOW DRILL SCREW USABLE THEREFOR

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for producing an adhesive screw connection between an upper component and a lower component, comprising the acts of:applying an adhesive to at least one of the upper component and the lower component;
inserting a flow drill screw through a hole in the upper component into contact with the lower component; and
screwing the flow drill screw into the lower component to form a flow-drilled hole;
wherein
an underside surface of a head of the flow drill screw is flat, and
in the act of screwing the flow drill screw into the lower component a screw shank of the flow drill screw passes through a flangeless protective ring located in the hole, the protective ring being configured such that after screwing in the flow drill screw no portion of the protective ring is above an outer surface of the upper component when the flow drill screw is in an installed position.

US Pat. No. 10,393,164

LOCKBOLT

AVDEL UK LIMITED, (GB)

1. Apparatus for installing a lockbolt comprising a lockbolt comprising a collar and a pin;the pin comprising, along a longitudinal axis, a pin head and a pin tail adapted to be inserted through aligned apertures in workpiece members;
the pin tail comprising a locking portion comprising locking grooves, and only a single pull groove, the single pull groove including a first tapered section, a second tapered section and a plain portion longitudinally between the first tapered section and the second tapered section, the single pull groove being provided between the locking portion and an end face of the pin tail remote from the pin head, one of the tapered sections of the single pull groove providing a contact surface, and an end portion provided between the pull groove and the end face;
the collar being adapted to be fitted over the locking grooves and swaged onto the locking grooves, the collar including full swage indication means comprising one or more rectangular projections provided on a flange of the collar, the one or more projections extending radially outwardly along a surface of the flange, and
an installation tool comprising a collet surrounded by a nosepiece, the nosepiece being provided with a tapered anvil section.

US Pat. No. 10,393,160

OBLIQUE FLANGE CHANNEL

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A component having a component section and a flange arranged at the component section for connection of the component with at least one other element, wherein, at the flange, the component has at least one channel, each for accommodating a section of a connection element, and wherein the at least one channel runs obliquely to a surface portion of the component section that lies opposite to the flange,wherein the component has a first continuously concave surface and a second surface, opposite the first surface, being convex.

US Pat. No. 10,393,158

DEVICE FOR FIXING TWO PARTS TOGETHER

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A fixing device for assembling a first part and a second part, the fixing device comprising:a nut non-rigidly coupled to the first part,
a threaded rod coupled to the second part,
wherein the first part includes a fixing flange comprising at least one orifice positioned to accept the threaded rod when the first part and the second part are assembled,
a retainer on an inner diameter of the at least one orifice positioned to retain the nut within the fixing flange before the nut is screwed onto the threaded rod,
wherein the retainer includes a threaded portion,
the nut comprising an externally threaded portion configured to be screwed into the threaded portion of the retainer and wherein the externally threaded portion of the nut passes completely through the threaded portion of the retainer until the nut is received in a cavity for axially retaining the nut, the cavity allowing free rotation of the nut before the nut is screwed onto the threaded rod.

US Pat. No. 10,393,154

ACTUATOR AND FLUID PRESSURE CONTROL CIRCUIT HAVING THE SAME

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An actuator that is provided in a fluid pressure control circuit, the actuator comprising:a cylinder;
a piston that is inserted into the cylinder and moves in an axial direction inside the cylinder according to a supplied fluid pressure; and
a stroke sensor that detects a position of the piston,
wherein an opening is formed in a circumferential surface of the cylinder,
the stroke sensor includes a stay that is attached to move integrally with the piston and extends in a direction intersecting the axial direction from a portion exposed from the opening of the piston to the outside of the cylinder, a member to be detected that is attached to a portion of the stay located outside the cylinder, and a sensor that detects a position of the member to be detected,
the piston has a bottomed fixing hole in the portion exposed from the opening, and
the stay is fixed by a fixing member that is inserted into the fixing hole.

US Pat. No. 10,393,153

ACTUATOR MECHANISM

GOODRICH AEROSPACE SERVIC...

1. An actuator system comprising:an actuator with a rotatable lock mechanism, including:
an actuator pin; and
a lock collar defining a path for an actuator pin as the actuator is expanded and retracted;
wherein the lock collar defines an entry passage through which the actuator pin enters as the actuator extends;
a guide surface along which the actuator pin travels from the entry passage as the actuator retracts;
a locking recess into which the actuator pin is guided by the guide surface; and
an exit passage into which the actuator pin is guided as it is caused to leave the lock recess by extension of the actuator and subsequent retraction;
whereby a detent surface is provided to prevent the actuator pin returning back into the lock recess when the actuator is extended to cause the actuator pin to leave the lock recess;
wherein the lock mechanism further comprises a tine gate fitted within the lock collar and comprising a detent finger defining a detent surface;
wherein when the actuator is extended to cause the actuator pin to leave the locking recess, the detent surface prevents the actuator pin returning back into the lock recess.

US Pat. No. 10,393,152

STAMP-SEALING UNIT AND ULTRASONIC PROCESSING DEVICE COMPRISING SAME

1. Stamp-sealing unit with a punch formed as a sonotrode (8) and a die (5), wherein the die (5) has an opening (15) and the punch can be moved into and out of the opening (15) in the stamping direction, characterized in that a sonotrode plate (1) is provided with a sonotrode plate opening for accommodating the sonotrode, wherein the sonotrode (8) has a flange (10), and the sonotrode plate opening has an inner contour with a stop surface and the flange has an outer contour with a stop surface, wherein the two stop surfaces are formed corresponding to each other with the result that, when the sonotrode is accommodated in the sonotrode plate opening, the stop surfaces lie against each other, wherein the inner contour has an inner cone and the outer contour has an outer cone which is formed corresponding to the inner cone.

US Pat. No. 10,393,150

BLOWER AND OUTDOOR UNIT OF AIR CONDITIONER COMPRISING SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

9. A blower assembly of an outdoor unit of an air conditioner including a heat exchanger configured to exchange heat with air flowing into the outdoor unit, a casing having a first surface disposed adjacent to the heat exchanger and facing the heat exchanger, wherein the blower assembly includes a fan having a rotation axis, a bell mouth part configured to guide air introduced into the fan and including a downstream end disposed around an outer circumferential end of the fan and spaced apart from the outer circumferential end of the fan, and a diffuser part extending from the downstream end of the bell mouth part to guide the air discharged from the fan, wherein the diffuser part includes:an opening, and
an inner circumferential surface inclined at diffuser angles with respect to the rotation axis, and having a first portion disposed adjacent to the first surface of the casing and a second portion disposed to be 90 degrees apart from the first portion along a circumferential direction of the inner circumferential surface of the diffuser part,
wherein:
the diffuser angles of the inner circumferential surface of the diffuser part varies along the circumferential direction of the inner circumferential surface of the diffuser part,
a diffuser angle of a first point in the first portion is larger than a diffuser angle of a second point in the second portion, the second point disposed to be 90 degrees apart from the first point along the circumferential direction of the inner circumferential surface of the diffuser part and disposed at a height from the downstream end of the bell mouth part equal to a height from the downstream end of the bell mouth part of the first point in a direction of the rotation axis, and a downstream end of the diffuser part is provided in an oval shape symmetric about a minor axis.

US Pat. No. 10,393,146

VARIABLE PITCH VANE CONTROL RING BUSH RETENTION FOIL AND TURBOJET CONTAINING SAME

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A foil made from a flexible metal material and to be fixed to an inside surface of a vane control ring with variable pitch for a turbojet, said control ring comprising a plurality of through holes each with an internal radial opening on a side of the inside surface of the control ring and an external radial opening on a side of an outside surface of the control ring, in each of which a bush can be housed to hold a pin of a control lever of one of the vanes, through the external radial opening of the hole, the foil having a length along a longitudinal direction and a width along a direction orthogonal to said longitudinal direction that are adapted to close the internal radial opening of at least one through hole in the control ring, said foil length being longer than the developed length of a determined angular sector of the control ring in which at least one pad of the control ring is located, at the angular sector at which the foil is to be fixed, and in which the foil contains an adapted hole to allow a pad support to pass through connecting the pad to the control ring, and wherein the foil adopts a determined shape in a section plane orthogonal to said longitudinal direction by which the foil can be fixed by click fitting onto the control ring at its inner surface.

US Pat. No. 10,393,145

ASYMMETRIC ALIGNMENT SYSTEM FOR A VARIABLE STATOR VANE

General Electric Company,...

1. A variable stator vane comprising:an airfoil comprising a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal axis extending between said first end and said second end;
a first trunnion disposed along said longitudinal axis at said first end, said first trunnion comprising a trunnion seat extending from a distal end of said first trunnion opposite said airfoil, said trunnion seat comprising first and second parallel seating flats opposing each other about said longitudinal axis;
a threaded stem extending from said trunnion seat and coaxial with said first trunnion about said longitudinal axis, said threaded stem comprising a flat first alignment surface coextensive with said first parallel seating flat in the longitudinal direction, and an arcuate second alignment surface aligning with said second parallel seating flat in the longitudinal direction; and
a lever arm comprising a mounting hole at a proximal end thereof, said mounting hole configured for complementary engagement with said trunnion seat, wherein the mounting hole defines a D-shape slot comprising a concave scallop portion positioned corresponding to the flat portion at the threaded stem, and wherein said concave scallop portion is configured to conform to an external dimension of said arcuate portion of said threaded stem, and wherein the D-shape slot comprises an arcuate side corresponding to the arcuate portion of the threaded stem,
wherein the threaded stem comprises a flat portion coextensive with said second parallel seating flat and an arcuate portion disposed at a distal end of said threaded stem opposite said trunnion seat, and wherein the arcuate portion at the distal end of the threaded stem is radially outward to the flat portion radially inward of the arcuate portion.

US Pat. No. 10,393,144

AIRFOIL SHAPE FOR TENTH STAGE COMPRESSOR ROTOR BLADE

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:an airfoil comprising a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil comprises an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are defined relative to an origin point at a base of the airfoil.

US Pat. No. 10,393,141

GAS INJECTION BLOWER

ORIENT SERVICE CO., LTD.,...

1. A gas injection blower comprising:a device housing having a pump chamber formed therein, an air inlet, an air discharge aperture and a shaft hole each fluidly connected to the pump chamber and formed at a perimeter of the device housing; and
a fan blade connected to a driving shaft and rotationally arranged in the pump chamber, a pressurized flow channel located in the pump chamber being formed among the air inlet, the air discharge aperture and the fan blade and fluidly connected therebetween, the shaft hole being pivotally connected to the driving shaft, and the driving shaft extending and protruding to an outside of the pump chamber via the shaft hole for pivotally connecting to a power source, the power source driving the fan blade to rotate in the pump chamber to retrieve an external air from the air inlet, and the external air entering the pressurized flow channel being discharged from the air discharge aperture;
wherein a depressurization slot for fluidly connecting to the pressurized flow channel is formed among the driving shaft, the fan blade and an inner wall of the pump chamber, a gas injection passage for fluidly connecting to the depressurization slot is formed in the device housing;
wherein a descaling gas is injected into the gas injection passage, the descaling gas sequentially moves through the depressurization slot and the pressurized flow channel to be discharged from the air discharge aperture;
wherein a pressure of the descaling gas in the depressurization slot is larger than a pressure of the external air in the pressurized flow channel; and
wherein the inner wall of the pump chamber comprises a disk-shaped inner wall, the disk-shaped inner wall is spaced apart from and correspondent to a rear surface of the fan blade via the depressurization slot, the disk-shaped inner wall is fixed to an outer wall of a separating board in the pump chamber and the gas injection passage is formed by separating a housing wall of the device housing from the separating board.

US Pat. No. 10,393,138

BLADE

1. A blade for a fan impeller with an end area facing a hub, characterized in that the blade has at least one rib in the end area facing the hub, wherein the at least one rib has a starting point (P1) at a shoulder of the blade leading to the hub and extends away from the hub to an end point (P2), the at least one rib having an outer contour (A) that extends from the starting point (P1) to the end point (P2), wherein the outer contour (A) simulates a flow profile and forms an angle (3) between ?45° and +45° with respect to a radial direction of the shoulder, wherein the ratio of the maximum wall thickness (tw) of the blade to the maximum profile thickness (tmax) of the blade is in the range from 0.1 to 0.9, wherein the at least one rib has an end geometry in an area of the outer contour (A), wherein the end geometry creates a saw-tooth profile, and wherein the end geometry of the at least one rib forms an angle (a) in the range from ?1° to +45° or from 10 to 450 relative to the outer contour (A).

US Pat. No. 10,393,137

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INTEGRATED PITCH CONTROL MECHANISM ACTUATOR HYDRAULIC FLUID TRANSFER

General Electric Company,...

1. A variable pitch propeller assembly comprising:a hub rotatable about a shaft having an axis of rotation;
a plurality of propeller blade assemblies spaced circumferentially about said hub, each propeller blade assembly of the plurality of propeller blade assemblies configured to rotate a respective propeller blade about a radially extending pitch axis of rotation;
a hydraulic fluid port assembly integrally formed and rotatable with the shaft, the hydraulic fluid port assembly comprising at least three hydraulic fluid ports configured to receive respective flows of hydraulic fluid from a stationary hydraulic fluid transfer sleeve at least partially surrounding said port assembly; and
a pitch actuator assembly coupled in flow communication with the at least three hydraulic fluid ports through respective hydraulic fluid transfer tubes extending axially from said hydraulic fluid port assembly to a pitch actuator of said pitch actuator assembly, said pitch actuator coupled to the plurality of propeller blade assemblies to selectively control a pitch of the propeller blades, said pitch actuator assembly comprising a transfer range limiter configured to limit a rotation of at least one of said pitch actuator assembly and said plurality of propeller blade assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,393,134

POLYMERIC COMPRESSOR WHEEL WITH METAL SLEEVE

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A compressor wheel (10) comprising:an axially extending hub (12) having an inlet end (18), a shaft bore (22) extending from the inlet end (18) and an arcuate outer surface (20) opposed to the shaft bore, the axially extending hub comprising a metal, the axially extending hub having at least one porous region, the porous region (34) located proximate to the arcuate outer surface of the axially extending hub;
a blade array (24) disposed on the outer arcuate outer surface of the axially extending hub, the blade array having an outer surface (27) and an inner region (29), the blade array comprising a plurality of circumferentially-spaced, radially and axially extending blades (26) disposed thereon, the blade array comprising at least in part, a polymeric material;
wherein polymeric material that comprises the blade array extends into the porous region defined in the axially extending hub.

US Pat. No. 10,393,133

FLOW-CONDUCTING COMPONENT

KSB Aktiengesellschaft, ...

1. A flow-conducting component, comprising:a cover disk; and
a plurality of vanes arranged on the cover disk circumferentially about a component rotation axis,
wherein
a plurality of notches are delimited in regions adjacent to intersections of the plurality of vanes with the cover disk,
each of the plurality of notches adjacent to a respective vane of the plurality of vanes contains material configured to couple the respective vane to the cover disk,
at least a portion of each of the plurality of notches is geometrically configured in accordance with a mechanical load spectrum calculation of material stresses at the intersection of the respective vane and the cover disk, the geometrical configuration including
a minimum thickness of each of the plurality of notches from a point of intersection of the respective vane and the cover disk, the minimum thickness being based on the calculated material stresses at each of the plurality of notches and on a predetermined maximum allowable stress in the material at each of the plurality of notches,
each of the plurality of notches is configured such that
at any distance along at least a portion of a length of each of the plurality of notches from the cover disk and vane intersection, a transition from a first section of each vane to a second section of the cover disk encloses a first angle,
a first line perpendicular to the first section extends from the first section to a point on a bisecting line of the first angle,
a second line at a 45° angle to the first line extends from the point on the bisecting line to the first section, the 45° angle being located on a side of the first line away from an intersection of the first and section sections,
a third line at a 22.5° angle to the second line extends from a midpoint of the second line to the first section, the 22.5° angle being located on a side of the second line away from the intersection of the first and section sections,
a surface of the transition follows the second and third lines, and
the point on the bisecting line located at a distance from the intersection of the first and second sections is the minimum thickness, such that the geometric configuration of the transition has sufficient structural strength to withstand the calculated mechanical load spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,393,132

COMPRESSOR USABLE WITHIN A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

1. A compressor for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a stator assembly formed from a plurality of stator vanes, wherein at least one stator vane is formed from a generally elongated airfoil having a leading edge, a trailing edge, a pressure side, a suction side, an endwall coupled to a first end and a tip extending radially inwardly and terminating proximate to a rotor assembly;
wherein the rotor assembly is formed from a rotor drum having a radially outer surface and a plurality of compressor blades wherein at least one compressor blade is formed from a generally elongated airfoil having a leading edge, a trailing edge, a pressure side, a suction side, a platform at a first end and a tip extending radially outwardly and terminating proximate to the stator assembly;
a pumping system positioned on the rotor outer surface of the rotor drum and aligned radially with at least one stator vane, wherein the pumping system includes at least one pumping component configured to pump air in an axially downstream direction to counteract reverse leakage flow at a gap formed between the stator vane tip and the radially outer surface of the rotor drum,
wherein the at least one pumping component comprises at least one cutout, wherein the cutout is positioned so that a downstream end of the cutout terminates in axially lateral alignment with the trailing edge of the stator vane and an upstream end of the cutout terminates in axially lateral alignment with the leading edge of the stator vane,
wherein at least a portion of the at least one cutout overlaps an axially extending axis from an end of an adjacent cutout, and
wherein the at least one cutout comprises a plurality of circumferentially spaced cutouts aligned into a row on the radially outer surface of the rotor drum and aligned relative to the at least one stator vane.

US Pat. No. 10,393,129

DRAFT INDUCER BLOWER WHEEL HAVING IMPROVED SHAFT CONNECTION

Nidec Motor Corporation, ...

1. A blower motor assembly for use in a machine, said motor assembly comprising:a blower wheel including a hub,
said hub being an integral part of said blower wheel,
said hub presenting a cylindrical, radially inner hub surface that at least in part defines a cylindrical hub opening,
said inner hub surface defining an inner diameter; and
a motor including a shaft rotatable about an axis,
said shaft being axially received within the hub opening, such that the blower wheel is supported by the shaft for rotational movement,
said shaft including a toothed region defining a plurality of arcuately spaced apart teeth,
each of said teeth including a primary body and a cutting portion,
each of said teeth having an apex and a pair of sides extending from the apex,
said cutting portion of each tooth defining the apex and a radially outer portion of each of said sides,
said primary body of each tooth defining a radially inner portion of each of said sides,
said primary body of each tooth being disposed radially inwardly of the inner hub surface,
each of said cutting portions presenting a cutting edge,
said cutting portions of the teeth cooperatively presenting an outer cross-sectional dimension that is greater than the inner diameter of the inner hub surface, such that the cutting edges of the teeth cut a plurality of grooves in the inner hub surface as the shaft is axially received in the hub opening,
said cutting portions of the teeth being received in the grooves formed thereby and thus being configured to transmit torque from the shaft to the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,393,128

TRANSLATING GASPATH BLEED VALVE

9. A gas turbine engine comprising: a compressor having a gaspath bounded by a radially outer annular wall extending about an axis of the engine, the radially outer annular wall having a converging portion; a bleed off valve (BOV) having a ring axially translatable between a retracted position in which the ring closes an annular bleed off opening defined in the converging portion of the radially outer annular wall and a deployed position in which the ring protrudes forwardly into the gaspath; and an actuator operable to axially translate the ring between the retracted and the deployed positions, wherein the ring has a leading edge and a trailing edge downstream of the leading edge relative to a flow in the gaspath and located radially inwardly of the leading edge relative to the axis of the gas turbine engine, the leading edge and the trailing edge extending circumferentially around the axis of the gas turbine engine, gaps defined between the leading edge and the trailing edge of the ring and the radially outer annular wall when the ring is in the deployed position, both of the gaps fluidly connected to the annular bleed off opening, the ring having a gaspath facing surface between the leading edge and the trailing edge, the gas path facing surface being set even with the radially outer annular wall to close the annular bleed off opening when the ring is in its retracted position so as to form with the radially outer wall a continuous flow boundary surface, the gaspath facing surface being inclined relative to the axis so as to have a radial component and an axial component relative to the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,393,125

COOLING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE-MOUNTED POWER CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING ABNORMALITY IN COOLING SYSTEM

HINO MOTORS, LTD., Tokyo...

1. A cooling system comprising:a cooling device for cooling a power control unit of a vehicle, wherein the cooling device includes a rotating component for delivering cooling medium and a drive source for driving the rotating component; and
an electronic control device for controlling the cooling device, wherein
the electronic control device is configured to
store drive source diagnosis reference information that indicates an actual rotation speed acceptable range, wherein an actual rotation speed acceptable range is an acceptable range of an actual rotation speed for an instructed rotation speed, and the acceptable range increases along with an increase of a voltage value applied to the drive source,
obtain the acceptable range from the voltage value applied to the drive source and the instructed rotation speed based on the drive source diagnosis reference information,
when the actual rotation speed of the drive source is included in the obtained acceptable range, determine that the cooling device is in a normal state, and
when the actual rotation speed is not included in the acceptable range, determine that the cooling device is in an abnormal state.

US Pat. No. 10,393,122

METHOD FOR SHUTTING OFF A PUMP AS WELL AS PUMP STATION ARRANGEMENT

XYLEM EUROPE GMBH, (CH)

1. A method for turning off a pump configured for pumping liquid via a conduit, the pump before being turned off being driven at an operational frequency (FN) by a control unit, the method comprising the steps of:ramping down a frequency of the pump using the control unit due to a turn off instruction, a terminal frequency of the ramping down being equal to the operational frequency (FN) of the pump minus at least 10 Hz and the ramping down time being at least a reflection time (TR) for the conduit, and the terminal frequency of the ramping down not being less than 10 Hz, and
stopping the pump after said ramping down using the control unit, the stopping step including disengagement of the pump by the control unit in order to let an impeller of the pump to freewheel until the impeller stops.

US Pat. No. 10,393,119

FLUID COMPRESSOR HAVING DISCHARGE VALVE AND VALVE RETAINER

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A fluid compressor comprising:a closed container having an inlet;
a compression mechanism including a compression chamber in which fluid flowing into the closed container through the inlet is compressed;
a discharge port through which the fluid compressed in the compression chamber is allowed to flow;
a discharge valve opening and closing the discharge port, the discharge valve including:
a curved portion having an annular shape defined by one or more curvatures,
a tongue portion fixed to the compression mechanism and projecting inward from an inner periphery of the curved portion, and
a closing part of the curved portion provided at a position toward which the tongue portion projects being positioned above the discharge port; and
a valve retainer that includes a first end, a second end, and a middle section between the first end and the second end, the middle section of the valve retainer is directly attached to the tongue portion of the discharge valve, the first end of the valve retainer gradually extends from the middle section towards the discharge port and is spaced apart from the discharge port by a first height to delimit an amount of lift of the discharge valve when the discharge port is opened by the discharge valve,
when the discharge port is closed by the discharge valve, the first end of the valve retainer and the discharge valve being spaced apart from each other by the first height.

US Pat. No. 10,393,117

SCROLL COMPRESSOR

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A scroll compressor comprising:a partition plate that partitions an inside of a sealed container into a high-pressure space and a low-pressure space;
a fixed scroll adjacent to the partition plate;
an orbiting scroll that meshes with the fixed scroll to form a compression chamber;
a rotation restrictor that prevents rotation of the orbiting scroll;
a main bearing that supports the orbiting scroll;
a bearing coupler provided in the main bearing;
a scroll coupler provided in the fixed scroll; and a single pillar member having a lower end and an upper end, the lower end being inserted in the bearing coupler, the upper end being inserted in the scroll coupler,
wherein
the fixed scroll, the orbiting scroll, the rotation restrictor, and the main bearing are disposed in the low-pressure space,
the fixed scroll and the orbiting scroll are disposed between the partition plate and the main bearing, the lower end of the single pillar member and the bearing coupler are fixed together, and the upper end of the single pillar member and the scroll coupler are coupled together in a manner slidable in an axial direction,
a coupling region where the single pillar member couples with the scroll coupler is in intersecting relationship with a horizontal plane positioned at a center of a scroll wrap height of the fixed scroll,
the scroll compressor further comprises a suction inlet provided in the fixed scroll to provide communication between the compression chamber and the low-pressure space, and
wherein
a relationship expressed below is satisfied, where H is the scroll wrap height of the fixed scroll and R is a minimum distance between a center of the main bearing and an outer circumferential portion of a wrap edge of a fixed scroll wrap of the fixed scroll, the outer circumferential portion of the wrap edge of the fixed scroll wrap of the fixed scroll not overlapping the suction inlet in a radial direction when viewed from the center of the main bearing,
H?R.

US Pat. No. 10,393,116

SCROLL TYPE FLUID MACHINE

Hitachi Industrial Equipm...

1. A scroll type fluid machine comprising:a fixed scroll;
an orbiting scroll that is provided oppositely to the fixed scroll and orbits;
a compressor casing that is secured to the fixed scroll at its opening end;
a drive shaft driving the orbiting scroll;
a motor that contains a motor stator, a motor casing, a bearing housing, and fastening bolts;
wherein an inner wall of the motor casing projects to form a projection, fastening seats, and ribs,
the fastening bolts fasten the bearing housing, the motor stator, and the fastening seats, in that order,
the projection contacts with the motor stator from a compressor casing side, and each of the ribs keeps a distance between one of the respective fastening seats and the projection.

US Pat. No. 10,393,115

SUBSEA MULTIPHASE PUMP OR COMPRESSOR WITH MAGNETIC COUPLING AND COOLING OR LUBRICATION BY LIQUID OR GAS EXTRACTED FROM PROCESS FLUID

FMC Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A submersible fluid system for operating submersed in a body of water, the system comprising:an electric machine;
a fluid-end, comprising a fluid-end housing having an inlet to a fluid rotor, the fluid rotor coupled to the electric machine and carried to rotate in the housing by a bearing in the housing; and
a fluid separator system that receives a multiphase fluid and dispenses flows of a multiphase fluid to the inlet and dispenses flows of a substantially liquid flow extracted from the multiphase fluid to the bearing;
wherein the fluid separator system comprises a separator tank having a top and a bottom, the separator tank comprising:
an inlet for the multiphase fluid;
a primary outlet in the bottom of the separator tank and coupled to the inlet of the fluid-end; and
an outlet in the top of the separator tank and coupled to the fluid-end housing to supply substantially gas to a cavity surrounding a drive-end of the fluid rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,393,114

VARIABLE DELIVERY EXTERNAL GEAR MACHINE

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. An external gear machine (EGM), comprising:a housing;
an inlet formed in the housing and configured to receive fluid from a supply;
a drive gear disposed in the housing and configured to be (i) driven by a mechanism when the EGM is operated as a pump, or (ii) drive an external mechanism when the EGM is operated as a motor, the drive gear having a plurality of teeth;
a slave gear disposed in the housing having a plurality of teeth and configured to be driven by the drive gear, the drive gear configured to engage the slave gear in an angular mesh zone, tooth space volumes defined by tooth spaces between each two consecutive teeth of the drive gear and each two consecutive teeth of the slave gear configured to receive volumes of fluid from the inlet via an inlet fluid communication channel as the corresponding teeth rotate about the inlet;
an outlet formed in the housing and configured to receive at least some of the volume of fluid via an outlet fluid communication channel when the corresponding tooth space volumes in the angular mesh zone decrease as the corresponding teeth of the drive gear and slave gear come into contact with each other;
a first slider defining the inlet fluid communication channel and the outlet fluid communication channel, selective positioning of the first slider configured to vary net operational volumes of fluid communication between the inlet and the outlet, for a given rotational speed of the drive gear; and
a second slider defining a secondary inlet fluid communication channel and a secondary outlet fluid communication channel such that selective positioning of the second slider provides fluid pressure balancing with the inlet fluid communication channel and the outlet fluid communication channel in order to vary net operational volumes of fluid communication between the inlet and the outlet for a given rotational speed of the drive gear.

US Pat. No. 10,393,109

PIEZOELECTRIC PUMP HAVING A VIBRATING PIECE HAVING A VIBRATING PIECE HAVING A CENTRAL ZONE, A PERIPHERAL ZONE, A FIRST RECESS, A STOPPER, AT LEAST ONE POSITION LIMITING WALL, AND AT LEAST ONE THROUGH GROOVE AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

Koge Micro Tech Co., Ltd....

1. A piezoelectric pump, comprising:a piezoelectric element;
a vibrating piece having a central zone, a peripheral zone, a first recess, a stopper, at least one position limiting wall, and at least one through groove; wherein the central zone corresponds to the piezoelectric element, the central zone is attached to the piezoelectric element, the peripheral zone surrounds the central zone, the first recess is recessed in a surface of the central zone which is away from the piezoelectric element, the stopper and the at least one position limiting wall protrude from the first recess, the at least one through groove is located between the central zone and the peripheral zone and communicated with the first recess, a first thickness of the vibrating piece at a center portion of the central zone is less than a second thickness of the vibrating piece at the at least one position limiting wall;
a valve, attached to a surface of the peripheral zone of the vibrating piece which is away from the piezoelectric element, and having at least one non-straight through slit, wherein a projection of the stopper of the vibrating piece projected on the valve covers the at least one non-straight through slit; and
a flow guiding member, attached to a surface of the valve which is away from the vibrating piece, and having a second recess, at least one channel and at least one through hole, wherein the second recess and the at least one channel of the flow guiding member are recessed in a surface which faces the valve, the at least one channel is communicated with the second recess and the at least one through hole, a projection of the second recess projected on a plane which the valve exists covers the at least one non-straight through slit,
wherein when the piezoelectric element is driven by a driving voltage at a specific frequency, the vibrating piece and the valve resonantly vibrate with the piezoelectric element, such that the central zone of the vibrating piece and a region of the valve corresponding to the central zone have a maximum amplitude,
wherein when a fluid passes through the at least one non-straight through slit, a portion beside the at least one non-straight through slit of the valve is pushed by the fluid so as to temporarily form an opening whose size is greater than a size of the at least one non-straight through slit of the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,393,107

PUMPING CONTROL UNIT AND METHOD OF COMPUTING A TIME-VARYING DOWNHOLE PARAMETER

General Electric Company,...

1. A pumping control unit, comprising:at least one sensor comprising at least one of a load sensor and a position sensor, wherein the at least one sensor is configured to take at least one surface measurement;
a memory configured to store an invariant matrix;
a communication interface configured to receive a plurality of measurements from the at least one sensor of a time-varying parameter for a rod pumping unit, said plurality of measurements taken at a surface of a pumping site over a pump cycle for a sucker rod string; and
a processor coupled to said memory and said communication interface, said processor configured to, in real time:
gain access to the invariant matrix in said memory and the plurality of measurements from said communication interface;
compute a Fourier coefficient array based on the invariant matrix and the plurality of measurements from the at least one sensor;
compute a time-varying downhole parameter based on the coefficient array and a sucker rod string model; and
adjust the rod pumping unit based upon the time-varying downhole parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,393,105

MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE AND MOTOR DRIVE METHOD FOR VEHICLE ELECTRIC PUMP

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A motor drive device, which is configured to drive a motor of a vehicle electric pump, comprising:a microcomputer for driving the motor of the vehicle electric pump, wherein the microcomputer is configured to:
receive a signal providing an instruction for a motor rotation speed; and
set a control target rotation speed for the motor to control rotation of the motor based on (a) the instructed motor speed, and (b) an actual motor rotation speed,
wherein when the instructed motor speed is equal to or greater than the actual motor rotation speed, the microcomputer is configured to set the control target rotation speed to the instructed motor speed;
wherein when (i) the instructed motor speed is less than the actual motor rotation speed, and (ii) the actual motor rotation speed is no more than a predetermined amount different from an immediate previous control target rotation speed, the microcomputer is configured to set the control target rotation speed to the actual motor rotation speed;
wherein when (iii) the instructed motor speed is smaller than the actual motor rotation speed, and (iv) the actual motor rotation speed is more than the predetermined amount different from the immediate previous control target rotation speed, the microcomputer is configured to set the control target rotation speed to the immediate previous control target rotation speed minus the predetermined amount; and
wherein the microcomputer is configured to drive the motor at the set control target rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 10,393,103

COMPRESSOR WITH DUAL BIMORPH SYNTHETIC JET ASSEMBLIES

General Electric Company,...

1. A compressor comprising:a plurality of synthetic jet assemblies, each synthetic jet assembly of said plurality of synthetic jet assemblies in fluid communication with at least one other synthetic jet assembly of said plurality of synthetic jet assemblies, each synthetic jet assembly of said plurality of synthetic jet assemblies comprising:
a first side plate comprising a first bimorph piezoelectric structure; and
a second side plate comprising a second bimorph piezoelectric structure, said first side plate and said second side plate defining a first fluid cavity extending between said first side plate and said second side plate; and
a check valve, said check valve coupled to a first synthetic jet assembly of said plurality of synthetic jet assemblies, said check valve further coupled to a second synthetic jet assembly of said plurality of synthetic jet assemblies, said check valve oriented to facilitate flow of a fluid from said first synthetic jet assembly to said second synthetic jet assembly, said check valve further oriented to restrict flow of the fluid from said second synthetic jet assembly to said first synthetic jet assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,393,101

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE WITH VALVE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A fluidic device, includinga first and a second passive valve, each passive valve having a passage for fluid and comprising the following sequence of layers:
a first carrier layer with an aperture providing a first part of the passage for fluid;
a flexible layer including at least one through-hole and an aperture formed therein, wherein the passage for fluid is continued from the aperture of the first carrier layer through the through-hole of the flexible layer and then through the aperture of the flexible layer in that order;
at least one binding layer with an opening;
a second carrier layer;
wherein the flexible layer is configured to close the passage of the passive valve when moved towards the first carrier layer and is configured to open the passage of the passive valve when moved towards the second carrier layer; and
an active valve having a pumping chamber with an inlet and an outlet, the inlet of the pumping chamber being connected to the passage of the first passive valve and the outlet of the pumping chamber being connected to the passage of the second passive valve;
wherein a volume of said pumping chamber is adjustable, and wherein the first passive valve is located upstream and the second passive valve is located downstream of the active valve.

US Pat. No. 10,393,099

CRYOPUMP SYSTEM, CRYOPUMP CONTROLLER, AND CRYOPUMP REGENERATION METHOD

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A cryopump comprising:a cryopanel;
a cryopump container housing the cryopanel;
a pressure sensor that measures pressure inside the cryopump container during a rough-and-purge process;
a roughing valve provided to the cryopump container and configured to connect the cryopump with, and disconnect the cryopump from, a roughing pump, for rough-pumping of the cryopump container;
a data storage medium configured to store a semi-base pressure for the cryopump, the semi-base pressure being higher than a rough-pumping base pressure of the cryopump, and to store a pressure-drop rate threshold value as a threshold for a pressure-drop rate being amount of decrease in cryopump-pressure per unit time as the cryopump container is pumped down by the roughing pump;
a purge valve provided to the cryopump container and configured to connect the cryopump with, and disconnect the cryopump from, a purge gas source;
a microprocessor communicably connected to the pressure sensor, the roughing valve, the data storage medium, and the purge valve, the microprocessor therein executing cryopump control software to operate as
a regeneration controller configured to
carry out the rough-and-purge process by controlling the roughing valve's connecting the cryopump with, and disconnecting the cryopump from, the roughing pump to perform rough pumping of the cryopump container, and in alternation therewith controlling the purge valve's connecting the cryopump with, and disconnecting the cryopump from, the purge gas source to supply purge gas into the cryopump container,
during the rough-and-purge process, compare the pressure measured by the pressure sensor with the semi-base pressure, and
terminate the rough-and-purge process when the pressure measured by the pressure sensor reaches the semi-base pressure; and
a pressure-drop rate monitor configured to
calculate the pressure-drop rate, based on the pressure measured by the pressure sensor,
compare the calculated pressure-drop rate with the pressure-drop rate threshold value, and
terminate the rough pumping when the pressure-drop rate is lower than the pressure-drop rate threshold value, regardless of whether the pressure measured by the pressure sensor is higher than the semi-base pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,393,084

ENGINE AUTOMATIC-STOP/RESTART SYSTEM AND ENGINE AUTOMATIC-STOP/RESTART METHOD

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An engine automatic-stop/restart system that stops fuel injection into an engine so as to stop the engine when an engine automatic stopping condition is satisfied and then restarts the engine when an engine restarting condition is satisfied, the engine automatic-stop/restart system comprising:a crank angle sensor that outputs a crank pulse signal in accordance with a crank angle of a crankshaft of the engine;
a starter that cranks the crankshaft so as to restart the engine; and
a microcomputer configured to implement:
a starter drive start waiting time calculation unit that calculates, while the engine is inertially rotating and a gradient of a change in an engine rotation speed is decreasing and the present engine rotation speed is higher than a predetermined threshold value, whenever the output of the crank angle sensor was inputted, a starter drive start waiting time in which the engine rotation speed becomes the same as or lower than a predetermined threshold value, based on the gradient of a change in the engine rotation speed and the engine rotation speed detected on the basis of an output of the crank angle sensor; and
a starter drive start setting unit that sets, in an output comparison register provided in the microcomputer, a starter drive starting time instant obtained by adding the calculated starter drive start waiting time to a present time instant read from a free-running counter provided in the microcomputer and that starts driving of the starter by use of an output comparison register function, of the microcomputer, that generates an output when the set starter drive starting time instant and the value of the free-running counter coincide with each other,
wherein letting NE2 and NE1 denote an immediately previous engine rotation speed calculated when an immediately previous crank pulse signal is inputted and the present engine rotation speed calculated when the present crank pulse signal is inputted, respectively, the starter drive start setting unit disenables the output comparison register function of the microcomputer in the case where [NE1?NE2] is satisfied, and the starter drive start setting unit enables the output comparison register function of the microcomputer again in the case where [NE2?NE1] is satisfied after disenabling the output comparison register function of the microcomputer, and
wherein the predetermined threshold value is between 100 revolutions per min (RPM) and 230 RPM.

US Pat. No. 10,393,080

COUPLING DEVICE

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. Coupling device for mechanically coupling a fuel rail and a single fuel injector cup to a cylinder head of a combustion engine, the coupling device comprising:the fuel injector cup being cup-shaped and configured to receive a fuel injector and configured for physical connection to a supply pipe for hydraulically coupling the fuel rail to a fuel chamber defined between the fuel injector and an interior surface of the fuel injector cup,
a first fastening element extending through a hole in the single fuel injector cup into a first hole in the cylinder head to secure the single fuel injector cup to the cylinder head,
a first spring element arranged between the first fastening element and the single fuel injector cup, the first spring element providing a dampened connection between the single fuel injector cup and the cylinder head,
a fuel rail support element arranged between the fuel rail and the cylinder head,
a second fastening element extending through the fuel rail support element and into a blind second hole in the cylinder head, connecting the fuel rail to the fuel rail support element and joining the fuel rail support element to the cylinder head remote from both the first fastening element and the single fuel injector cup, and
a second spring element arranged between the second fastening element and the fuel rail support element, the second spring element providing a dampened connection between the fuel rail support element and the cylinder head,
wherein the first spring element comprises a metal, and the second spring element comprises a plastic,
wherein the connection between the fuel rail support element and the cylinder head including the plastic second spring element is more elastic than the connection between the single fuel injector cup and the cylinder head including the metal first spring element.

US Pat. No. 10,393,079

VALVE DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING OR METERING A FLUID

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A valve device for controlling or metering a fluid, comprising:a housing;
a flow channel formed in the housing; and
a valve body arranged in the flow channel, the valve body having a sealing section surface which, when the valve device is closed, bears against a housing-side sealing seat surface, the sealing section surface and sealing seat surface together forming a sealing region,
wherein, when the valve device is closed, there is a decaying space defined in the flow channel upstream of the sealing region and adjoining the sealing region, the decaying space delimited by a deflector wall that is tilted at least in regions with respect to the normal to the sealing region at an angle of from at most 15° in the flow direction to at most 60° counter to the flow direction,
wherein the decaying space is configured as a step located upstream of the sealing region, the step including a step surface that is parallel to the sealing seat surface,
wherein the flow channel defines a longitudinal axis,
wherein the deflector wall is located farther from the longitudinal axis than a portion of a bounding wall of the flow channel located upstream from the step surface and extending directly from the step surface, such that a diameter of the decaying space is greater than a diameter of the flow channel defined by the portion of the bounding wall,
wherein a rounded portion of the portion of the bounding wall of the flow channel is located upstream of the deflector wall, and
wherein another portion of the bounding wall of the flow channel is located upstream of the rounded portion and has an angle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the flow channel of at most ±15°.

US Pat. No. 10,393,078

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fuel supply device comprising a tank lid to be fixed to a fuel tank, wherein the fuel supply device is driven through electrical driving of the fuel supply device to supply fuel from an inside of the fuel tank toward an outside of the fuel tank, wherein the tank lid includes:a lid main body that covers an opening portion of the fuel tank such that a lid front surface of the lid main body is exposed to the outside of the fuel tank;
a metal terminal that is for the electrical driving and penetrates through the lid main body between the inside and the outside of the fuel tank;
a connector that includes an outer tubular portion, which projects from the lid front surface to the outside of the fuel tank, wherein a bottomed tubular inner surface of the outer tubular portion surrounds the metal terminal; and
a resin coating film that is acid resistant and is dielectric, wherein the resin coating film is formed by dry coating through chemical vapor deposition at:
an outer exposed surface of the outer tubular portion, which includes the bottomed tubular inner surface of the outer tubular portion as a surface exposed to the outside of the fuel tank;
the lid front surface; and
an outer peripheral surface of a base side of the metal terminal, which projects from the bottomed tubular inner surface of the outer tubular portion, wherein the resin coating film continuously extends from the outer peripheral surface of the base side of the metal terminal to the bottomed tubular inner surface of the outer tubular portion.

US Pat. No. 10,393,077

FUEL PUMP

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fuel pump comprising:an outer gear that includes a plurality of internal teeth;
an inner gear that includes a plurality of external teeth and is meshed with the outer gear while the inner gear is eccentric to the outer gear in an eccentric direction, wherein the inner gear includes a receiving hole that extends in an axial direction;
a rotatable shaft that is rotationally driven;
a contact portion that is formed to be contactable with the receiving hole, wherein the contact portion transmits a drive force from the rotatable shaft to the receiving hole to rotate the inner gear; and
a pump housing that rotatably receives the outer gear and the inner gear and includes a first housing component and a second housing component, between which the inner gear is held in the axial direction, wherein:
when the outer gear and the inner gear are rotated to a drive rotation side to increase and decrease volumes of a plurality of pump chambers, which are formed between the outer gear and the inner gear, fuel is sequentially drawn into and is sequentially discharged from the plurality of pump chambers;
at least one of the receiving hole and the contact portion includes a tilt surface, which is tilted relative to the axis direction; and
when the rotatable shaft is rotated to the drive rotation side, the receiving hole contacts the contact portion through the tilt surface, so that the receiving hole is urged toward the drive rotation side in a circumferential direction and is also urged toward the first housing component in the axial direction; and
the fuel pump further comprising a joint member that includes a fitting body, which is fitted to the rotatable shaft, and an insertion body, which projects from the fitting body and is inserted into the receiving hole, while the fitting body and the insertion body are integrally formed, and the joint member relays between the rotatable shaft and the inner gear, wherein the contact portion is formed in the inserting body.

US Pat. No. 10,393,075

PARTITION PLATE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A partition plate configured to separate an intake passage formed by an intake pipe to be coupled to a combustion chamber into a first intake passage and a second intake passage, the first intake passage being openable and closable by a tumble generation valve, the partition plate and the tumble generation valve disposed between an intake valve and the combustion chamber, comprising: a shape of a first cross section of the partition plate orthogonal to an extending direction of the intake pipe is set on a basis of a shape of a bottom surface of the intake pipe that faces the partition plate with the second intake passage interposed therebetween, the second intake passage being smaller in cross section than the first intake passage, and wherein a distance between a central part of the partition plate in a width direction and the bottom surface is equal to or longer than a distance between ends of the partition plate in the width direction and the bottom surface, wherein the shape of the first cross section is set on a basis of a shape of the combustion chamber, wherein the shape of the first cross section satisfies an expression Lb(Yp, I)=Ip(Yp, I)+a*La(x, ?)+b; where Lb(Yp, I) denotes the shape of the first cross section, Ip(Yp, I) denotes the shape of the surface of the intake pipe that faces the partition plate with the second intake passage interposed therebetween, La(x, ?) denotes a length in a circumferential direction along a wall surface of the combustion chamber in a second cross section including a first direction corresponding to an axial direction of a cylinder bore of an ermine and a second direction extending from an intake side toward an exhaust side of the combustion chamber, a denotes a coefficient set based on a tumble ratio and a shape of the intake valve, b denotes a coefficient for setting an opening area of the second intake passage, Yp denotes any position in a longitudinal direction in the first cross section, I denotes any position in the extending direction, and ? denotes a crank angle of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,393,074

FILTER ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

1. A filter element comprising:a plurality of filter medium;
a sealing device extending at least partially circumferentially around the filter medium,
a monolithic one-piece frame that extends at least partially around the filter medium, the frame is glass fiber-reinforced,
wherein the filter medium is a folded filter medium having a sequential series of parallel folds proceeding sequentially from a first fold of the filter medium to a last fold, the folds having fold edges that extend across the filter medium from a first lateral side to an opposite second lateral side of the filter medium, the lateral edges of the folds at the first lateral side forming a first fold profile, lateral edges of the folds a the second lateral side forming a second fold profile,
wherein the frame has a first side part injection molded directly onto the lateral edges of the filter medium of the first fold profile such that the first fold profile is fixed into the first side part,
wherein the frame has an opposite second side part injection molded directly onto the lateral edges of the filter medium of the second fold profile such that the second fold profile is fixed into the second side part,
wherein the frame has a head part injection molded directly onto the first fold of the folded filter medium, such that the first fold is fixed directly onto the head part,
wherein the folded filter medium is segregated into a plurality of folded filter medium each sharing same fold depths, the plurality of folded filter medium arranged parallel to each other in an interior of the frame,
wherein the frame includes at least one separating web monolithic one-piece with the frame, the at least one separating web arranged between and injection molded directly onto the lateral edges of a first one of the plurality of folded filter medium and injection molded onto the lateral edges of an adjacent second one of the plurality of folded filter medium, the at least one separating web support to the plurality of folded filter medium in the interior of the frame,
wherein the frame form a radially projecting web, projecting radially outwardly away from a radially outer side of the frame and the filter medium;
wherein the sealing device is comprised of a foamed thermoplastic elastomer and injection-molded onto and having a first portion covering at least one axial side of the radially projecting web, the sealing device forming a sealing lip on a radially inner end of the first portion, the sealing lip projecting axially and radially outwardly away from the radially projecting web at an oblique angle,
wherein the thermoplastic elastomer contains microspheres;
wherein the sealing device is elongated, extending in a circumferential direction around the filter element on a plurality of lateral sides of the filter element,
wherein in a plane perpendicular to a direction in which the sealing device extends on one of the plurality of lateral sides of the filter element, the sealing device has a rectangular cross-section or a rhombic cross-section.

US Pat. No. 10,393,073

INTAKE MANIFOLD AND ENGINE INCLUDING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An intake manifold comprising:a lower body having: an air inlet through which an air inflows into the lower body; an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) gas inlet through which an EGR gas inflows; and a plurality of lower runners disposed at a plurality of combustion chambers, respectively, to supply the air inflowing through the air inlet and the EGR gas inflowing through the EGR gas inlet to each of the combustion chambers; and
an upper body combined with the lower body, the upper body having one side connected to the plurality of lower runners and another side having an upper runner connected to the intake port,
wherein the lower body further includes a condensed water storage apparatus temporary storing a condensed water generated by a mixture of the air and the EGR gas.

US Pat. No. 10,393,071

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A VEHICLE COLD-START EVAPORATIVE EMISSIONS TEST DIAGNOSTIC

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:during a first operating mode, routing fuel vapors from a fuel tank through a first vapor storage device into an intake manifold of an internal combustion engine; and
during a second operating mode, shutting off a valve positioned between the first vapor storage device and a second vapor storage device and routing fuel vapors from the fuel tank through the second vapor storage device but not through the first vapor storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,393,070

METHOD AND SYSTEMS FOR GASEOUS AND LIQUID PROPANE INJECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:supplying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from a fuel rail to a direct injection injector that injects LPG directly into a cylinder of an engine; and
flowing LPG from the fuel rail to an intake fuel injector that is not a direct injection injector without returning LPG to a fuel tank, where the intake fuel injector injects LPG, from a position outside the cylinder, into an intake passage that feeds the cylinder, wherein the intake fuel injector comprises a port fuel injector that injects fuel into an intake port of the cylinder, and where flowing LPG from the fuel rail to the intake fuel injector comprises first flowing LPG from the fuel rail to a port injection fuel rail, and then flowing LPG from the port injection fuel rail to the intake fuel injector.

US Pat. No. 10,393,069

FUEL SUPPLY APPARATUS INCLUDING A PRESSURE REDUCTION PUMP FOR GENERAL PURPOSE ENGINE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A fuel supply apparatus for a general purpose engine, the fuel supply apparatus comprising:a carburetor provided in an air intake line extending from an air cleaner to an air intake port of the general purpose engine;
a pressure reduction connection channel connecting a float chamber of the carburetor and the air cleaner;
a control valve provided in the pressure reduction connection channel, the control valve being controllable in a manner that the control valve can be fully closed, and that an opening degree of the control valve can be changed continuously;
a pressure reduction pump provided in the pressure reduction connection channel and configured to suck the float chamber to reduce a pressure in the float chamber;
an air fuel ratio sensor configured to detect an air fuel ratio of an exhaust gas discharged from a combustion chamber of the general purpose engine; and
a control unit configured to control the opening degree of the control valve based on a detection signal of the air fuel ratio sensor,
wherein the pressure reduction pump comprises a diaphragm pump operated in response to a negative pressure and a positive pressure generated alternately inside a crankcase of the general purpose engine,
wherein the diaphragm pump includes a housing and a diaphragm, the housing is divided into an intake chamber, a discharge chamber, and a diaphragm chamber, the diaphragm divides the diaphragm chamber into a pump chamber and an air chamber, and the air chamber is connected to a connection port of the crankcase of the general purpose engine by a connection pipe,
wherein the pressure reduction connection channel is opened to the atmospheric air through an air filter,
wherein the control valve is provided upstream of the intake chamber of the pressure reduction pump and downstream of each of the float chamber and the air filter,
wherein the intake chamber and the float chamber are connected by the pressure reduction connection channel, and the discharge chamber is connected to the air cleaner upstream of the air intake line.

US Pat. No. 10,393,068

SHAFTING ARRANGEMENT FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A gas turbine engine, comprising:a low pressure spool having a low pressure compressor and a low pressure turbine connected by a low pressure shaft;
a reduction gear train having a sun gear, a carrier having a plurality of planet gears attached thereto, and a ring gear, wherein one of the sun gear, carrier or ring gear is connected to the low pressure shaft, and another of the sun gear, carrier and ring gear provides an output drive;
a propulsive fan mounted fore of the gear train and at the front of the gas turbine engine;
a fan shafting arrangement comprising a fan shaft which is connected to the output drive of the gear train and a fan support shaft which passes through the center of the gear train along the axis of rotation of a gearbox and fan, wherein the fan shafting arrangement is rotatably supported by at least two axially separated bearings, and
wherein the reduction gear train is an epicyclic gear box in which the output drive is the carrier, and the input drive is the sun gear and the fan support shaft passes through the center of the sun gear.

US Pat. No. 10,393,067

GAS TURBINE ENGINE WITH COLD TURBINE AND MULTIPLE CORE FLOWPATHS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine, comprising:a spool configured to rotate about an axial centerline, the spool comprising a fan rotor and a cold turbine rotor, and the fan rotor rotatably driven by the cold turbine rotor;
a cold turbine inlet passage configured to direct an airflow along a radial inward trajectory to the cold turbine rotor;
a second spool comprising a compressor rotor and a hot turbine rotor;
a combustor fluidly between the compressor rotor and the hot turbine rotor;
a first flowpath extending through the cold turbine rotor;
a second flowpath extending through the combustor and the hot turbine rotor; and
a manifold configured to receive a compressed airflow from the compressor rotor, to direct a portion of the compressed airflow into the first flowpath as the airflow, and to direct another portion of the compressed airflow into the second flowpath as a second airflow.

US Pat. No. 10,393,066

AIRCRAFT THRUST REVERSER WITH OUT-OF-PLANE ASSISTING ACTUATOR

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A thrust reverser system for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a support structure configured to be mounted to the turbine engine;
a transcowl mounted on the support structure and axially translatable, relative to the support structure, between a stowed position and a deployed position;
a door pivotally coupled to the support structure and rotatable between at least a first position and a second position when the transcowl translates between the stowed position and the deployed position, respectively, the door configured, when it is in the second position, to redirect engine airflow to thereby generate reverse thrust;
a main actuator configured to supply an actuation force to the transcowl to thereby move the transcowl between the stowed and deployed positions; and
an assist actuator coupled to the door, the assist actuator configured to supply an actuation assist force to the door and, upon rotation of the door to an intermediate position between the first position and the second position, to commence load sharing with the main actuator.